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Working As A Telecommunications Network Analyst

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

  • $98,266

    Average Salary

What Does A Telecommunications Network Analyst 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 Telecommunications Network Analyst

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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Manager 4.4%
Top Careers After Telecommunications Network Analyst
Consultant 4.7%
Director 3.5%

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Telecommunications Network Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

79.0%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

8.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

66.7%

Spanish

33.3%

Telecommunications Network Analyst Education

Schools

Strayer University

10.0%

Capital College

6.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.7%

George Mason University

6.7%

Ventura College

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Barry University

6.7%

University of South Florida

6.7%

Johns Hopkins University

6.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

Rose State College

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa

3.3%

Michigan Technological University

3.3%

Regis University

3.3%

Harrison Career Institute - Baltimore

3.3%

Montclair State University

3.3%

California State University - Bakersfield

3.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.4%

Computer Science

11.8%

Computer Networking

11.8%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Information Technology

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Music

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Project Management

3.9%

Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Systems Security

2.6%

Computer Technical Support

2.6%

Telecommunications Management

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Systems Engineering

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Public Health

1.3%

Conflict Resolution

1.3%

Biology

1.3%

Fine Arts

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

28.9%

Bachelors

27.7%

Associate

20.5%

Masters

15.7%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

2.4%
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Top Skills for A Telecommunications Network Analyst

  1. Phone Calls
  2. PBX
  3. IP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported a 300+ phone PBX from punch-downs to the desk.
  • Coordinated and escalated network recovery operations with multiple carrier providers, customers and internal support teams.
  • Maintained traditional and VOIP PBX, call accounting IVR and voice mail systems, and AFT billing systems.
  • Installed and test Cat-5, Coaxial, Copper, and Fiber Cabling.
  • Assisted in setting up backups for local servers and ran several network drops around the campus.

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