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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.


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 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.


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 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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Top Skills for A Network Engineer


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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.

Top Network Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Network Engineer

  1. Verizon
  2. AT&T
  3. Ericsson Inc
  4. HP
  5. Cisco
  6. Verizon Wireless
  7. IBM
  8. General Dynamics
  9. TEKsystems
  10. SAIC
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