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Working As A Network Field Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Field Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Field Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Network Field Engineer Career Paths

Network Field Engineer
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Owner Technical Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Field Engineer
Technician 3.8%
Top Careers After Network Field Engineer
Engineer 3.9%
Consultant 3.5%
Technician 2.9%

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Top Skills for A Network Field Engineer

  1. Routers
  2. Windows XP
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Rack, mount, cable and deploy initial configuration of new routers, switches, modems, and wireless access points.
  • Perform administrative duties to include Email, spreadsheet, asset management and tracking using Windows XP laptop.
  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, application software and all configurations.
  • Installed DSU/CSU, hubs, routers, firewall server, setup DHCP server and configure network printers.
  • Performed troubleshooting, while maintaining trouble ticket tracking, following internal/external escalation procedures and customer notifications.

Network Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.1%

Unknown

6.1%

Female

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.8%

Arabic

12.5%

Dakota

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%
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Network Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Strayer University

9.6%

American InterContinental University

8.7%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

Colorado Technical University

6.7%

Kaplan University

4.8%

DePaul University

4.8%

Regis University

3.8%

Western Governors University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

Western Washington University

2.9%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

University of Iowa

2.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.9%

Robert Morris University

2.9%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.6%

Business

12.7%

Information Technology

12.5%

Computer Science

10.8%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Computer Networking

8.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.7%

Management

3.2%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Music

1.3%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.3%

Law

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.5%

Other

27.3%

Associate

18.9%

Masters

12.3%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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