"switches," "troubleshoot," and "network infrastructure" 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:
We've found that 62.1% of network engineers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 10.0% earned their master's degrees before becoming a network engineer. While it's true that most network engineers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every seven network engineers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
The network engineers who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied electrical engineering and computer science, while a small population of network engineers studied computer information systems and business.
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 General Dynamics Mission Systems, Capital One, and Facebook. Of recent, General Dynamics Mission Systems had 244 positions open for network engineers. Meanwhile, there are 237 job openings at Capital One and 217 at Facebook.
If you're interested in companies where network engineers make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at The Citadel, Meta, and Apple. We found that at The Citadel, the average network engineer salary is $157,205. Whereas at Meta, network engineers earn roughly $138,517. And at Apple, they make an average salary of $134,840.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a network engineer include Verizon Communications, Cisco, and AT&T.; These three companies were found to hire the most network engineers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, network engineers make their living in the technology and professional industries. Network engineers tend to make the most in the technology industry with an average salary of $90,927. The network engineer annual salary in the finance and telecommunication industries generally make $90,519 and $82,583 respectively. Additionally, network engineers who work in the technology industry make 10.7% more than network engineers in the government Industry.