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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|
|Senior Network Architect||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jun 27, 2016||$177,000|
|Senior Network Architect||Universal E-Business Solutions, LLC||New York, NY||May 06, 2014||$165,000|
|SR. Network Architect||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$155,105 -
|Senior Network Architect||Akuna Capital LLC||Chicago, IL||Jan 12, 2015||$150,000 -
|Senior Wireless Network Architect||Jasper Wireless, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Nov 01, 2013||$135,000|
|Senior Wireless Network Architect||Jasper Technologies, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Mar 02, 2015||$135,000|
|SR. Wireless Network Architect||Jasper Technologies, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Jan 09, 2015||$135,000|
|SR. Network Architect||The Fremont Consulting Group Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Jun 24, 2016||$133,515|
|SR. Network Architect||The Fremont Consulting Group Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Nov 05, 2016||$133,515|
|SR. Network Architect||The Fremont Consulting Group Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$133,515|
|SR. Computer Network Architect/Design Architect||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Dec 07, 2016||$133,203 -
|SR. Network Architect||Belk, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 17, 2015||$130,000|
|IT Senior Network Architect||Agilent Technologies, Inc.||Colorado Springs, CO||Aug 14, 2015||$126,000|
|Senior Computer Network Architect||Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company||Waltham, MA||Mar 31, 2016||$118,291|
|Senior Computer Network Architect||Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company||Waltham, MA||Mar 31, 2016||$117,894 -
|SR. Network Architect||Externetworks Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||May 08, 2016||$110,074|
|Senior Network Architect||Terremark Worldwide Inc.||Miami, FL||Nov 30, 2009||$110,000|
|Senior Network Architect||MLB Advanced Media, L.P.||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2010||$110,000 -
|Senior Network Architect||Aricent Software Us, Inc.||East Brunswick, NJ||Oct 14, 2015||$109,678|
|Senior Network Architect||Fixnetix Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 18, 2016||$99,424|
|Senior Network Architect||Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd.||Deerfield, IL||Mar 03, 2015||$97,700 -
|SR. Network Architect||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Mar 30, 2015||$97,000|
|Senior Network Architect||Jongool, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||May 13, 2013||$96,000|
|Senior Network Architect||Jonkool, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||May 22, 2013||$96,000|
|Senior Network Architect||Jongool, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||May 18, 2013||$96,000|
|Senior Network Architect||Managed Staffing, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Aug 12, 2015||$95,000|
|SR. Network Architect||W.M. Rice University||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2014||$92,078|
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