Within an organization, a senior network engineer designs and creates computer networks to ensure that IT systems are working both safely and correctly. Their core duty is to oversee the workflow of service tickets and managing the company's enterprise network. A senior network engineer is a high-level Senior leadership role where you may be responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring, and managing wide area networks of an organization to ensure maximum uptime for users.
Being a senior network engineer, you may have to support technicians, network technicians, and junior network engineers that may work under you within a business. Becoming a senior network engineer, you may work virtually in every industry. Typically, you may work for small or mid-size businesses, IT firms, or in-house IT departments of a company. Being a part of an organization's IT team, you will work closely with business analysts, architects, IT managers to design and implement functional company networks. Generally, you may work in an office-based environment and spend most of your time behind a computer.
If you're looking to break into the field of network engineering, a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or computer engineering may get your foot in the door. However, an advanced certification of network operating systems, including Cisco, JUNOS, or experience as a network administrator or network engineer may help boost your employability.
To be successful, you must have a strong foundation in engineering and enterprise network, sound knowledge about network security and control models, and exceptional leadership and decision-making skills. Working as a senior network engineer, you may make an average amount of $109,000 per anum. Not only that, with a decent amount of experience, you may advance your technical knowledge and begin work as a network architect on significant projects to earn more.