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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Network Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$240,000|
|Network Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$210,000|
|Network Engineer, Backbone||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$205,000|
|Network Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 05, 2016||$204,300|
|Network Engineer||Github Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$200,000|
|Network Engineer||KCG Americas LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 14, 2015||$200,000|
|Advanced Network Engineer||Experis Us, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Sep 30, 2015||$178,880|
|Network Engineer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$178,500|
|Staff Network Engineer||Linkedin Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 06, 2016||$176,201 -
|Network Engineer||Uber Technologies, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Nov 11, 2016||$175,000|
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