"network security," "protocols," and "troubleshoot" aren't the only skills we found network engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of network engineer responsibilities that we found, including:
Before becoming a network engineer, 62.1% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 10.0% network engineers went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most network engineers have a college degree. But about one out of every seven network engineers didn't attend college at all.
Those network engineers who do attend college, typically earn either electrical engineering degrees or computer science degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for network engineers include computer information systems degrees or business degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a network engineer. We've found that most network engineer resumes include experience from Facebook, Lumina, and Leidos. Of recent, Facebook had 100 positions open for network engineers. Meanwhile, there are 63 job openings at Lumina and 52 at Leidos.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, network engineers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google. Take Twitter for example. The median network engineer salary is $139,957. At LinkedIn, network engineers earn an average of $139,055, while the average at Google is $131,720. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Verizon Communications, Cisco Systems, and AT&T.; These three companies have hired a significant number of network engineers from these institutions.
In general, network engineers fulfill roles in the technology and telecommunication industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the network engineer annual salary is the highest in the telecommunication industry with $85,639 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the insurance and retail industries pay $82,804 and $82,705 respectively. This means that network engineers who are employed in the telecommunication industry make 13.7% more than network engineers who work in the manufacturing Industry.