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Working As A Network Operations/Network 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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Operations/Network 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 Operations/Network 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 Operations/Network Engineer Career Paths

Network Operations/Network Engineer
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Network Operation Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Operation Technician Network Administrator Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Operation Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Test Engineer Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Desktop Support Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Network Associate 2.4 years
NOC Engineer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Network Operations/Network Engineer
Engineer 3.4%
Technician 2.9%
Top Careers After Network Operations/Network Engineer
Engineer 4.0%
Consultant 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Network Operations/Network Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Operations/Network Engineer in the United States is $89,763 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Network Operations/Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $153,000
Network Operations Engineer Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $150,000
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 10, 2015 $149,575
Network Operations Engineer Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Jul 21, 2015 $145,000
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 07, 2016 $140,000
Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer Liveops Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 29, 2016 $135,000
Network Operations Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 08, 2014 $135,000
Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer Liveops Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 17, 2016 $135,000
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 16, 2015 $123,200
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2014 $119,560
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 01, 2014 $119,560
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jun 15, 2013 $117,500
Associate Network Operations Center Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 07, 2016 $113,402 -
$144,000
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 07, 2013 $112,000
Network Operations Center Engineer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 26, 2016 $104,225 -
$119,189
Engineer 4, Network Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Mount Laurel, NJ May 05, 2016 $102,311 -
$115,600
Network Operations Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 21, 2013 $102,300
Network Operations Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 22, 2012 $101,000
Engineer 4, Network Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Fremont, CA Sep 22, 2016 $100,500 -
$110,000
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 06, 2012 $100,000
Network Operations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 27, 2011 $100,000
Engineer 4, Network Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Mount Laurel, NJ Jul 15, 2015 $94,848 -
$100,000
Network Operations Engineer Blackboard Inc. Reston, VA Jan 17, 2014 $91,350 -
$111,350
Network Operations Engineer Blackboard Inc. Reston, VA Jan 17, 2011 $90,000 -
$100,000
Network Operations Engineer Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. Redmond, WA Dec 24, 2014 $90,000
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP Dayton, NJ Apr 24, 2014 $87,500
Network Operations Engineer Oslo Solutions LLC Bellevue, WA Sep 29, 2015 $87,360
Network Operations Engineer, Grade 6 Salesforce.com Herndon, VA Mar 03, 2015 $87,000
Network Operations Engineer Bloomberg, LP Dayton, NJ Apr 25, 2011 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Network Operations/Network Engineer

  1. Routers
  2. LAN
  3. Network Printers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed maintenance and active monitoring of routers to support network infrastructure.
  • Identified, planned and implemented enhancements to customer service and internal procedures.
  • Lead project for asset management for laptops, desktops, network printers and software licenses
  • Worked on Checkpoint Firewall policy provisioning Involved in Firewall Administration, Rule Analysis, and Rule Modification.
  • Maximize network performance by troubleshooting network problems and outages, scheduling upgrades and collaborating with network architects on network optimization.

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Top 10 Best States for Network Operations/Network Engineers

  1. Maryland
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Virginia
  5. District of Columbia
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Washington
  8. Texas
  9. New Jersey
  10. Connecticut
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Network Operations/Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.2%

Female

12.4%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

53.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

13.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.5%

Carrier

30.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Turkish

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

French

2.5%

Tagalog

2.5%

Korean

2.5%
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Network Operations/Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Strayer University

11.9%

University of Maryland - University College

7.7%

San Jose State University

5.7%

George Mason University

5.2%

Southern Methodist University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

The Academy

3.1%

Austin Community College

3.1%

More Tech Institute

3.1%

Wake Technical Community College

3.1%

Western Governors University

3.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.6%

Computer Science

12.4%

Computer Networking

11.2%

Computer Information Systems

10.7%

Information Technology

10.3%

Business

8.2%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Project Management

1.7%

Mathematics

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Masters

21.8%

Other

18.6%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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