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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

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 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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Network Engineer Career Paths

Network Engineer
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Switch Engineer 3.4 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Telecom Engineer 3.0 years
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Voice Engineer 2.9 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Planner 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Voip Engineer 2.6 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Help Desk Engineer 1.8 years
Network Contractor 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.8%
Engineer 2.7%
Technician 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.6%
Engineer 3.3%

Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.3%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

70.5%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

4.6%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.5%

Carrier

26.4%

French

8.4%

Arabic

4.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

German

3.2%

Chinese

3.0%

Cheyenne

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.5%

Korean

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Italian

1.8%

Urdu

1.4%

Swedish

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Sami

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%
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Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Strayer University

12.2%

University of Maryland - University College

8.7%

George Mason University

6.4%

Western Governors University

5.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

Capella University

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

Northeastern University

3.0%

The Academy

2.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.8%

George Washington University

2.7%

Wichita State University

2.6%

DePaul University

2.5%

University of North Texas

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.9%

Electrical Engineering

13.7%

Computer Information Systems

11.0%

Business

11.0%

Information Technology

11.0%

Computer Networking

9.3%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Information Systems

3.5%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Management

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Project Management

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Finance

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Telecommunications Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Other

19.4%

Masters

19.2%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 29, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa U.S.A. Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 28, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $120,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA May 22, 2018 $117,104 -
$125,000
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 Servesys Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 10, 2018 $85,280
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 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 11, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Web Triangle LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2011 $72,000
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 26, 2015 $72,000
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2011 $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 Nixsol, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2016 $64,000
Network Engineer Emage Software Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 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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