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Working As A Network Infrastructure 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

  • $65,790

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure 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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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 1.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.2%

Network Infrastructure Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.6%

Female

7.1%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

70.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

11.4%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Yoruba

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Hebrew

8.3%
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Network Infrastructure Engineer Education

Schools

Strayer University

11.8%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

University of Central Florida

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

5.9%

Excelsior College

5.9%

The Academy

5.9%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

William Rainey Harper College

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Ball State University

3.9%

American Sentinel University - Aurora

3.9%

Eastern Michigan University

2.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.9%

Business

11.3%

Computer Networking

10.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Information Technology

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.6%

Information Systems

4.4%

Management

2.5%

General Studies

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Geology

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Music

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Other

20.6%

Masters

19.1%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Real Network Infrastructure Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Network Engineer, Infrastructure Engineering Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 22, 2013 $155,000
Network Infrastructure Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 21, 2016 $140,000
Network Infrastructure Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 09, 2016 $135,823
Network Infrastructure Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 20, 2015 $135,000
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 18, 2015 $125,000
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 02, 2016 $125,000
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2015 $120,000
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer VW Credit, Inc. Libertyville, IL Mar 28, 2016 $120,000
Network Infrastructure Engineer Dasher Technologies, Inc. Campbell, CA May 07, 2016 $118,000
Network Infrastructure Engineer Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Dec 22, 2014 $115,000
Lead Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Jun 29, 2016 $111,620
Network Engineer-Infrastructure Vbeyond Corporation Iselin, NJ Jun 18, 2013 $110,611
Network Infrastructure Engineer JK Solutions Inc. Mays Landing, NJ Sep 16, 2016 $100,176
Network Infrastructure Engineer J K Solutions Inc. Mays Landing, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $100,176
Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Chicago, IL Mar 12, 2015 $76,008
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Houston, TX Jun 15, 2015 $74,963
Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Oct 27, 2014 $73,680
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Mar 19, 2015 $72,946
SR. Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Sep 21, 2012 $72,800
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Plano, TX Jul 19, 2016 $72,301
Network Infrastructure Support Engineer Bae Systems Applied Intelligence Inc. McLean, VA Aug 04, 2014 $72,000
Network Admin/Infrastructure Specialist Engineer Saphire Solutions Inc. Windsor, CT Oct 01, 2015 $71,760
Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2015 $63,523
Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $63,523
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Groton, CT May 09, 2016 $63,274
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Plano, TX Aug 30, 2012 $62,504
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Plano, TX Aug 24, 2012 $62,504
SR. Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Houston, TX Sep 18, 2012 $61,235
Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Tulsa, OK Nov 07, 2016 $60,882
Network Infrastructure Engineer Mphasis Corporation Pennington, NJ Aug 27, 2012 $60,611

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Top Skills for A Network Infrastructure Engineer

FirewallsRoutersNetworkInfrastructureHardwareWindowsServerNetworkDevicesCapacityPlanningVPNBackupRemoteAccessTcp/IpFiberDNSVoipActiveDirectoryVlansVmwareTroubleshootASAOspf

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Top Network Infrastructure Engineer Skills

  1. Firewalls
  2. Routers
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Establish standards, continue maintenance and support of all routers, switches, firewalls, wireless, and voice equipment.
  • Upgraded 40 Cisco switches and 5 routers to deploy on Corporate Square campus and data center Centcome.
  • Audited all network infrastructure devices and removed all unnecessary configurations.
  • Backed up all hardware configurations.
  • Design Linux and Windows server systems, tuning and capacity planning to meet defined availability & performance.

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