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Working As A Senior Network Architect

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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Network Architect 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 Senior Network Architect

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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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.6%
Architect 2.5%

Senior Network Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

93.1%

Female

4.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

72.1%

Asian

11.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

5.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

15.4%

Spanish

11.5%

Portuguese

7.7%

French

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Swedish

3.8%

Nepali

3.8%

Chinese

3.8%

Turkish

3.8%

German

3.8%

Lithuanian

3.8%

Norwegian

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%

Latvian

3.8%

Urdu

3.8%

Thai

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Estonian

3.8%
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Senior Network Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Western Governors University

7.5%

Syracuse University

5.7%

Utah Valley University

5.7%

New York University

5.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.7%

American InterContinental University

5.7%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Sam Houston State University

3.8%

Georgetown University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

State University of New York Stony Brook

3.8%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.0%

Business

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

12.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Information Technology

6.2%

Information Systems

3.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.4%

Computer Systems Security

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Telecommunications Management

2.8%

Finance

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Physics

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Systems Engineering

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

22.1%

Other

19.5%

Associate

9.5%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.7%

Certificate

1.3%
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Real Senior Network Architect Salaries

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 -
$194,000
Senior Network Architect Akuna Capital LLC Chicago, IL Jan 12, 2015 $150,000 -
$180,000
Senior Network Software Architect Equinix, Inc. San Jose, CA May 29, 2015 $143,931
SR. Wireless Network Archiect-Hlr Jasper Wireless, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Aug 12, 2013 $135,000
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 20, 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 24, 2016 $133,515
SR. Network Architect F&S Consulting, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 13, 2014 $118,498
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 -
$132,894
Senior Wireless Network System Architect General Motors Company Warren, MI Feb 11, 2016 $111,300
Network Architect Senior Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Plano, TX Sep 06, 2012 $110,160
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
SR. Network Architect HCL Global Systems Inc. Farmington Hills, MI May 08, 2016 $99,500
SR. Network Architect HCL Global Systems Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jan 04, 2016 $99,500
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 -
$110,000
SR. Network Architect HCL Global Systems Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Mar 30, 2015 $97,000
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 Jongool, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA May 13, 2013 $96,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Network Architect

NetworkInfrastructureFirewallsNetworkArchitectureVPNRoutersLan/WanBGPTcp/IpRemoteOfficesMplsSitesVoipServersInternetOspfNexusWindowsIgrpASADisasterRecovery

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Top Senior Network Architect Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. Firewalls
  3. Network Architecture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyze existing operations and make recommendations for the improvement and growth of the network infrastructure.
  • Installed & configured Pix Firewalls to secure internal/external zones.
  • Consulted and recommended changes and upgrades to client network architectures.
  • Consulted with ASP clients on WAN/VPN connectivity options and designed solutions for their connections to our ASP data centers.
  • Engineered various Cisco Routers / Switches models including ISR and modular / chassis based.

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