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Working As A Network Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $93,546

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Developer Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become A Network Developer

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Network Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

55.6%

Female

38.3%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Asian

17.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

Japanese

13.3%

French

6.7%

Tatar

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Russian

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Network Developer Education

Schools

Harvard University

6.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.8%

University of Kansas

6.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Austin Peay State University

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

Oregon State University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

4.5%

Cerritos College

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.5%

University of North Florida

4.5%

Nassau Community College

4.5%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Oklahoma State University

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

California State University - Northridge

4.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.0%

Business

11.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Psychology

6.4%

Information Technology

6.4%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Marketing

5.0%

Health Care Administration

5.0%

Communication

4.3%

Management

3.5%

Sociology

3.5%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Nursing

2.8%

Public Health

2.1%

Medicine

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

26.5%

Other

13.2%

Associate

6.9%

Doctorate

5.9%

Certificate

2.5%

License

0.5%
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Real Network Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retail Network Developer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 07, 2015 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 01, 2014 $135,655
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 09, 2014 $129,394
Senior Network Services Developer SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 12, 2012 $114,566 -
$125,000
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 13, 2014 $104,350
Ad Network Developer Kayak Software Corporation Cambridge, MA Jul 23, 2015 $100,000
Computer Network Developer Parallel Wireless, Inc. Nashua, NH May 24, 2016 $86,736
Network Monitoring Developer Harvey Nash, Inc. Naperville, IL Jun 09, 2016 $85,943 -
$104,350
Network Monitoring Developer Harvey Nash, Inc. Naperville, IL Jan 09, 2016 $84,983 -
$104,350
Software Network Developer & Architect IBM Corporation Austin, TX Nov 21, 2016 $79,830 -
$99,350
Computer Network Developer Parallel Wireless, Inc. Nashua, NH Oct 01, 2014 $75,000
Software/Network Developer Su International LLC Bloomfield, NJ Mar 14, 2011 $70,645
SR. Network Developer Princeton Information, Ltd Beltsville, MD Apr 05, 2010 $70,013 -
$86,000
Social Network Developer The Real Time Matrix Corporation Berkeley, CA Jul 24, 2009 $70,000
Network Developer Internap Network Services Corporation Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2012 $61,027 -
$91,027
Software/Network Developer Su International LLC New York, NY Mar 15, 2011 $59,626
Software/Network Developer Su International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2011 $59,626
Network Developer and Administrator Legrin LLC Islandia, NY Sep 13, 2010 $58,227
Network Developer and Administrator Legrin, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 15, 2010 $58,227
Network Developer/Administrator Midlife Crisis Therapies, LLC Nyack, NY Oct 01, 2009 $58,227
Network Developer/Administrator. Midlife Crisis Therapies, LLC Nyack, NY Oct 01, 2009 $58,227

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Top Skills for A Network Developer

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  1. Microsoft Developer Network
  2. Windows XP
  3. Company Website
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  • Produced and maintained content for the Microsoft Developer Network Library, Developer Centers, GotDotNet, and technical archives.
  • Recognized for outstanding quality of customer service with numerous customer-support awards and personal commendation from clients.
  • Develop automated reports based on survey database Managed engineering help desk provided support for networked applications including Oracle, SQL databases.
  • Maintained customer relations with network providers.
  • Trained and supported laptop users in using Lotus Notes 4.6.4 and Citrix Remote Access software.

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