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Working As A Switch 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Switch 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 Switch 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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Switch Engineer Career Paths

Switch Engineer
Engineer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Member Technical Staff
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Lead Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Level Senior Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Support Senior Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Senior Network Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Senior Network Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Manager
Network Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Network Manager
Network Service Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Technical Support Specialist Network Technician
Senior Network Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Field Service Technician Technical Support Engineer
Supervisor, Technical Support
5 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator Network Operations Manager
Manager Network Engineering
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Network Technician Network Support Engineer
Senior Network Support Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Voip Engineer
Senior Voice Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Voip Engineer Senior Voice Engineer Telecommunications Manager
Telecom Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
U.S. Cellular
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Switch Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Switch Engineer in the United States is $84,884 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

Real Switch Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GSM Switch Engineer Kineticom, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 30, 2016 $128,918
Senior Switch Engineer Bayside Solutions Dublin, CA Jan 30, 2015 $128,128
IP Packet Switched Core Engineer Glow Networks, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 18, 2013 $120,000
Senior Switch Engineer Globecomm Systems, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 23, 2012 $118,698
Mobile Switch Engineers Quadgen Wireless Solutions Inc. King of Prussia, PA Mar 10, 2015 $110,677
Mobile Switch Engineers Quadgen Wireless Solutions Inc. King of Prussia, PA Apr 27, 2015 $110,677
Switch Engineer Sandokan Solutions Morris Plains, NJ Jul 29, 2010 $108,000
Advanced IP Solutions Switch Engineer Cablevision Lightpath Jericho, NY Sep 16, 2012 $106,772
IP Packet Switched Core Engineer Glow Networks, Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 15, 2013 $100,000
Switch Engineer Sandokan Solutions Morris Plains, NJ Apr 02, 2010 $100,000
Switch Engineer Glotel, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 26, 2009 $99,091
Switch Engineer Glotel, Inc. Tampa, FL Nov 28, 2014 $98,089
Wireless Switch Engineer General Communication Inc. Anchorage, AK Jul 16, 2010 $94,311
Switch Engineer Glotel, Inc. Addison, TX May 24, 2010 $93,685
Mobile Switch Engineer Quadgen Wireless Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Aug 15, 2015 $88,500
Switch Core Engineer Avenger Engineering, LLC Alpharetta, GA Jan 24, 2011 $88,000
Switch Core Engineer Avenger Engineering LLC Alpharetta, GA Nov 15, 2013 $88,000
Switch Core Engineer Avenger Engineering, LLC Alpharetta, GA Jul 12, 2013 $88,000
Switch Engineer Astron Solutions LLC Short Hills, NJ Nov 03, 2009 $87,000
Senior Switch Engineer Astron Solutions LLC Short Hills, NJ Apr 01, 2008 $87,000
Switch Engineer Wavsys, LLC Austin, TX Dec 14, 2015 $86,193
Switch Engineer Sandokan Solutions Morris Plains, NJ Feb 28, 2010 $75,000
Switch Engineer Sandokan Solutions Morris Plains, NJ Mar 22, 2010 $75,000
Network Switch Engineer U.S.Cellular Corporation Medford, OR Sep 09, 2012 $74,048
Switch Engineer Dataworkforce LP Frisco, TX Apr 19, 2010 $73,112
Switch Engineer Wavsys LLC Wayne, NJ Nov 23, 2012 $72,461

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Top Skills for A Switch Engineer

  1. SS7
  2. Cell Sites
  3. Ericsson
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Verified SS7 continuity by performing ICOT tests and watching SS7 messaging through INET (SS7 protocol analyzer).
  • Support to RF team during RF optimization and Cell Sites Technicians in power calibration and trouble shooting in BTS problems.
  • Designed and integrated Ericsson IMS VoWiFi solution.
  • Implemented new asset tracking process to monitor availability and procurement needs for UMTS/GSM network equipment.
  • Used reports in making recommendations for hardware, software, and transmission medium expansions and upgrades on MSC/BSC infrastructure.

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Top 10 Best States for Switch Engineers

  1. Maryland
  2. Alaska
  3. Texas
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Nebraska
  6. Minnesota
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Massachusetts
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Switch Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

10.8%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

Carrier

33.3%

Portuguese

4.8%

German

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%

Urdu

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Switch Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Community College of the Air Force

7.8%

Texas A&M University

7.8%

University of Arizona

6.5%

San Jose State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

Lewis and Clark Community College

3.9%

University of the West

3.9%

Ohio University -

3.9%

Central State University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Cerritos College

3.9%

East Tennessee State University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Florida International University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

34.3%

Business

11.7%

Computer Science

7.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.8%

Computer Networking

6.8%

Management

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Information Technology

3.4%

Project Management

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Engineering

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Telecommunications Management

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Finance

1.6%

Education

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.0%

Chemistry

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Other

21.0%

Masters

19.3%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.7%
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