CAREER

Computer Network Architects

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$116,780

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Computer Network Architects Do

Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

Other Job Titles Computer Network Architects May Have

Design Engineer, Network Analyst, Network and Security Engineer, Network Consultant, Network Systems Consultant, Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect, Telecommunications Analyst

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Network Design Engineer ,

AT&T

In a typical day, I will receive a ticket for new work that needs to be completed in a set of routers, switches, or servers. Once I receive this ticket I begin analyzing the documents provided and cross-referencing it with what currently exists on our equipment. Once I verify the information provided, I begin pulling the necessary changes in order to explain how to complete them. After this is complete I simulate my work and forward to the necessary implementation teams.

Professional Network Design Engineer ,

AT&T

I verify Designs and get them Clarified/Corrected/Adjusted before identifying needed Resources (Technical, Information, Supplies, People). I review Technical Manuals and Equipment Specs. I contact Customers to address Project Expectations, Implementation plan and timeline, and Questions. I collaborate with Technical Contacts on required Supplies/Equipment, Work requirements, and Questions and Concerns. I order Supplies and Equipment, register Technical Details, and Request Resource Assignments.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.
  • Coordinate network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Develop conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.

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