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Working As A Networking/Software 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

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Networking/Software 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 Networking/Software 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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Networking/Software Engineer Career Paths

Networking/Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Software Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Software Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Architect Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Technical Analyst Level Senior Technician
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Computer Engineer 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Networking/Software Engineer
Internship 2.2%
Instructor 1.9%
Top Careers After Networking/Software Engineer
Consultant 3.1%
Architect 2.5%
Developer 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Bruno, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Networking/Software Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Networking/Software Engineer in the United States is $102,604 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Networking/Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer-Network Connectivity Nextev LLC Oct 31, 2016 $175,000
Network Software Engineer (MTS) Riverbed Technology Apr 23, 2015 $175,000
Network-Software Engineer Dropbox, Inc. Dec 09, 2016 $170,000
SR. Network and Platform Software Engineer Cohere Technologies, Inc. May 20, 2016 $158,000 -
$168,000
Software Defined Networking (SDN) Engineer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Jul 28, 2014 $156,525
Senior Network Software Engineer Vyatta, Inc. Sep 01, 2012 $150,000
Senior Networking Software Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. Sep 01, 2014 $150,000 -
$180,000
Software Engineer, Networks (MTS) Riverbed Technology, Inc. Nov 19, 2012 $145,000
Software Engineer-Platform Networking Panasas, Inc. Apr 22, 2014 $145,000
Software Engineer, Networking (MTS) Riverbed Technology, Inc. Dec 03, 2012 $145,000
Software Engineer-Core OS Networking Apple Inc. Jun 23, 2014 $144,206 -
$160,000
Senior Network Software Engineer Equinix, Inc. Aug 19, 2016 $142,140
Network Software Engineers Riverbed Technology Nov 28, 2016 $138,403
Network Software Engineer Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Apr 01, 2016 $119,350 -
$120,000
Network Software Engineer (MTS) Riverbed Technology Nov 24, 2014 $117,700
Network Software Engineer Tarana Wireless, Inc. Sep 10, 2015 $117,000 -
$136,000
Senior Network Software Engineer Equinix, Inc. Sep 08, 2015 $116,931
Senior Network Software Engineer (Steelhead) Riverbed Technology, Inc. Sep 05, 2012 $116,697 -
$124,000
Network Software Engineer (Member of Technical STA Riverbed Technology, Inc. Mar 30, 2012 $116,355 -
$130,000
Network Software Engineer APN Software Services Inc. Jun 03, 2015 $116,000
Ad Network Algorithm Software Engineer Apple Inc. Aug 28, 2012 $100,000
SR. Network Software Engineer Verifone Holdings, Inc. Oct 20, 2014 $99,736 -
$119,500
Network Software Engineer (Software Engineer) Riverbed Technology, Inc. Jun 25, 2015 $99,699 -
$135,000
Network Software Engineer (Software Engineer) Riverbed Technology, Inc. Aug 27, 2015 $99,699 -
$120,000
Virtual Network Software Engineer Plumgrid, Inc. Aug 31, 2016 $99,000
Virtual Network Software Engineer Plumgrid, Inc. Aug 23, 2016 $99,000

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Top Skills for A Networking/Software Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Linux
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Upgraded 100+ users from Windows 2000/Office 2000 to Windows XP/Office 2003.
  • Project Manager for wireless Linux adapter support and deployment.
  • Designed and implemented processes to manage and prioritize system service requests within Engineering Records using Oracle Forms, SQL and PL/SQL.
  • Developed new server-based, and converted older stand-alone aircraft production information databases to Microsoft Access and other database products.
  • Designed, Developed, and Maintained Telecommunications and Network tools in C++ and Visual Basic using Microsoft technologies.

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Top 10 Best States for Networking/Software Engineers

  1. California
  2. Maryland
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Texas
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Virginia
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Connecticut
  9. District of Columbia
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Networking/Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.5%

Female

16.4%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

49.6%

Asian

22.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

16.7%

Cheyenne

16.7%

Chinese

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%
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Networking/Software Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

8.9%

Oregon Institute of Technology

6.7%

University of Cincinnati

6.7%

More Tech Institute

6.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

Boise State University

4.4%

Drexel University

4.4%

Wayne State University

4.4%

Wichita State University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Maharishi University of Management

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.3%

Electrical Engineering

13.8%

Computer Engineering

11.7%

Business

5.5%

Mathematics

4.1%

Computer Networking

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Information Sciences

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Systems Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management

0.7%

Small Business Management

0.7%

Biology

0.7%

Finance

0.7%

Engineering Technology

0.7%

Aviation

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

37.9%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.6%

High School Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

2.6%
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