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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Computer Network Admin/System Analyst/Network Support Specialist||Greycell Labs Inc.||Edison, NJ||Feb 08, 2016||$129,000|
|Computer Network Admin/System Analyst/Network Support Specialist||Greycell Labs Inc.||Edison, NJ||Aug 24, 2016||$129,000|
|Network/Telecom Systems Analyst-It||Oracle America, Inc.||CA||Nov 14, 2016||$125,382 -
|SR. Network Management Systems Analyst||ESPN Technology Services, Inc.||Bristol, CT||Jan 04, 2016||$112,026|
|Network Protocols and Systems Analyst||Virtual Instruments Corporation||San Jose, CA||May 11, 2016||$109,500|
|Computer Network/Systems Analyst||Randstad Technologies, LP||Cedar Rapids, IA||Jan 10, 2016||$109,224|
|Computer Network/Systems Analyst||Randstad Technologies, LP||Cedar Rapids, IA||Sep 11, 2015||$109,224|
|Senior Network Management Systems Analyst||ESPN Technology Services, Inc.||Bristol, CT||Apr 01, 2013||$101,290|
|Network/Telecom Systems Analyst||Oracle America, Inc.||Denver, CO||Aug 23, 2016||$99,694 -
|Senior Network Systems Analyst/Administrator||Client Network Services, Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Sep 12, 2013||$97,917|
|Computer Network/Systems Analyst||Randstad Technologies, LP||Irving, TX||Oct 09, 2016||$97,386|
|Network Systems Analyst III||BB&T Corporation||Wilson, NC||Aug 16, 2016||$96,143|
|Network/Systems Analyst||Global Wireless Solutions, Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Sep 16, 2014||$77,485|
|Network Systems Analyst||Standav Corp. F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jul 14, 2015||$75,005|
|Network Systems Analyst||Netcom Systems, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jan 10, 2016||$74,650|
|Computer Network System Analyst||First TEK Dos LLC||Garland, TX||Jan 11, 2015||$72,218|
|Network and Systems Analyst||Inphonex.Com, LLC.||Miami, FL||Sep 18, 2013||$72,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Bodhtree Solutions, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 06, 2014||$70,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Standav Corp.||Milpitas, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$70,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Bodhtree Solutions, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 12, 2013||$70,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Dizer Corp||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 23, 2015||$65,042|
|Network Systems Analyst||Vinakom Communications Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Nov 01, 2014||$65,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Iementor Corp.||Mequon, WI||Sep 05, 2014||$65,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Iementor Corp.||Mequon, WI||Dec 22, 2016||$65,000|
|Network Systems Analyst||Muzaffar Mirza DDS LLC DBA Taylor Dental Center||Chicago, IL||Oct 22, 2014||$64,460|
|Network Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Chandler, AZ||Jan 25, 2013||$64,000|
|Computer/Network System Analyst||FMK Network Inc.||NY||Aug 06, 2015||$63,299|
|Network Systems Analyst||Scarlet Wireless, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Mar 30, 2015||$63,000|
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