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Working As A Network Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $105,511

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Planner Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become A Network Planner

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Network Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

70.5%

Female

27.9%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

34.6%

Spanish

11.5%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Greek

3.8%

Dutch

3.8%

French

3.8%

Czech

3.8%

Cheyenne

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Polish

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Network Planner Education

Schools

University of Pennsylvania

8.6%

University of Maryland - University College

6.9%

Johnson County Community College

6.9%

Webster University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Baker University

5.2%

Villanova University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.2%

University of Kansas

5.2%

New Hampshire Community Technical College - Manchester

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

University of Florida

3.4%

Georgia Southern University

3.4%

Montana State University - Northern

3.4%

New Mexico State University

3.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Saint Johns University

3.4%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

6.5%

Information Technology

5.4%

Computer Science

5.4%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Finance

4.3%

Communication

4.3%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.2%

Political Science

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Project Management

3.2%

Geography

3.2%

Telecommunications Management

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

International Relations

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

30.0%

Other

17.3%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.4%
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Real Network Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 10, 2015 $180,000
Network Planner-Cloud & Enterprise Engr or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 02, 2016 $180,000 -
$200,000
Network Planner Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 25, 2016 $170,000
Network Planner Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 01, 2015 $170,000
Senior Network Planner Microsoft Corporation San Diego, CA Apr 18, 2014 $159,960
Network Planner Apac Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 21, 2016 $156,333
Network Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 04, 2016 $144,900
Network Planner Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 15, 2011 $140,000
Network Planner-Cloud & Enterprise Engr or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 15, 2016 $140,000 -
$180,000
Network Planner IV Sprint Corporation Reston, VA Mar 19, 2015 $127,792
Wireless Network Planner IV Sprint Corporation Reston, VA Dec 09, 2014 $125,000
Supply Network Planner Bristol-Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ Feb 06, 2015 $119,033
Supply Network Planner Bristol Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ Oct 09, 2014 $113,300
Supply Network Planner Bristol-Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ Feb 06, 2012 $110,000
Core Network Planner Nii Holdings, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 25, 2013 $96,410
Network Planner III Sprint Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 04, 2014 $93,888
Network Planner III Sprint Corporation Reston, VA Oct 01, 2014 $93,888
Core Network Planner Nii Holdings, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 25, 2010 $90,000
Network Planner III Sprint Corporation Bellevue, WA Apr 07, 2014 $88,580
Network Planner III Sprint Corporation Bellevue, WA Jan 15, 2016 $88,580
Senior Network Planner Pacer International Inc. Dublin, OH Feb 06, 2012 $67,038 -
$110,000
Network Planner II Sprint Corporation Overland Park, KS Dec 11, 2015 $67,026
Network Planner II Sprint Corporation Overland Park, KS Apr 04, 2014 $65,712
Network Planner I Sprint Nextel Corporation Overland Park, KS Sep 13, 2013 $65,000
Supply Network Planner Rich Products Corporation Buffalo, NY Sep 16, 2014 $63,900
Network Planner II Sprint Corporation Overland Park, KS Feb 26, 2015 $63,860
Network Planner Hawaiian Telcom Communications, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 01, 2012 $63,000
Global Production Network Planner J & G Trybus Corporation Dallas, TX Sep 04, 2014 $62,610

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Top Skills for A Network Planner

  1. Capacity Planning
  2. Complex Network Plans
  3. Fiber
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  • Provided detailed requirements for voice forecasting and capacity planning, space and power capacity planning.
  • Conducted training and authored detailed process documents for experienced engineers to reduce development and execution time of complex network plans.
  • Performed economic analysis on alternatives such as dedicated fiber or DWDM to meet network capacity requirements.
  • Communicated daily with Field Operations Leadership to resolve capacity issues impeding customer order fulfillment.
  • Implemented and developed alternative routing scenarios and changes in required sequence of network activities that helped partners achieve cost savings initiatives.

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  1. Maryland
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  5. New Jersey
  6. New Hampshire
  7. New Mexico
  8. District of Columbia
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