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Become A Network Engineer

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Working As A Network Engineer

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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Engineer Do

A Network Engineer determines and maintains network performance through building net configurations and connections. They configure and install various network devices and services, in addition to ensuring system availability and reliability.

How To Become A Network Engineer

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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Real Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Engineer, Deployment & Support Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2017 $145,000 -
$165,000
Network Engineer Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 22, 2016 $145,000
Network Engineer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2018 $140,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa U.S.A. Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 28, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 29, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $120,000
Network Engineer, Deployment & Support Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $117,166
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA May 22, 2018 $117,104 -
$125,000
Network Engineer, Deployment & Support Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 12, 2015 $115,003 -
$135,003
Network Engineer, Deployment & Support Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2014 $115,003
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology &Amp; Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 04, 2018 $108,909 -
$122,834
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2018 $102,726 -
$122,834
Network Engineer Greenwave Reality Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 21, 2017 $102,000
Network Engineer Greenwave Reality Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 19, 2015 $100,000
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Network Engineer SRA OSS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 29, 2015 $95,472
Network Engineer Eminence It Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2018 $95,410
Network Engineer II Rackspace Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 17, 2015 $89,898
Network Engineer Populus Group LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2018 $87,654
Network Engineer Electronic Transactions Systems Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2018 $85,500
Network Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 22, 2018 $85,280
Network Engineer First Consulting Group, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2017 $85,280
Network Engineer Servesys Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 10, 2018 $85,280
Network Engineer I Rackspace Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 03, 2013 $83,000
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 26, 2016 $82,000
Network Engineer Electronic Transactions Systems Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2018 $80,000
Network Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2016 $79,726
Network Engineer Emage Software Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $78,603
Network Engineer Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $77,219 -
$104,350
Network Engineer Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $76,113 -
$104,350
Network Engineer Subex Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2012 $74,000
Network Engineer Web Triangle LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Web Triangle LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2011 $72,000
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2011 $72,000
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 26, 2015 $72,000
Network Engineer Comet Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2014 $70,540
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Network Engineer Xenoninfotek, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $68,000
Network Engineer Xenoninfotek, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2018 $67,891
Network Engineer Eateam, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 27, 2017 $67,500
Network Engineer Expedent Corp. Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2016 $65,000
Network Engineer Emage Software Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $64,000
Network Engineer Nixsol, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2016 $64,000
Network Engineer IKON Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $62,000
Network Engineer North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2015 $61,714
Network Engineer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2013 $60,000
Network Engineer ECOM Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 12, 2011 $60,000
Network Engineer Infinetive Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2011 $58,000
Network Engineer Secure Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2011 $56,000
Network Engineer ECOM Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 12, 2011 $55,824

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Top Skills for A Network Engineer

Lan/WanSeriesRoutersFirewallsNetworkInfrastructureProtocolsWindowsServerTcp/IpRemoteAccessOspfTroubleshootBGPEigrpASAMplsDNSInter-VlanVoipIOSDhcpActiveDirectory

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Top Network Engineer Skills

  1. Lan/Wan
  2. Series Routers
  3. Firewalls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Configured/Designed over 100 LAN/WAN networks systems primarily dealing with Cisco high end architecture.
  • Maintained and installed Cisco and 3COM Ethernet switches and Cisco 2600 series routers.
  • Defined and implemented polices on Juniper firewalls.
  • Design and implemented network infrastructure and configured the entire network Infrastructure devices including Network Printers.
  • Installed and maintained networks, hardware, followed security protocols and procedures, and sustained the network security.

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