Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 174,800 people employed as career profile - computer network architects in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $120,520. Entry level employees earn approximately $63,240 per year and senior employees earn approximately $168,890 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- 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.
- Develop and implement solutions for network problems.
- Determine specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
- Communicate with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
- Visit vendors, attend conferences or training sessions, or study technical journals to keep up with changes in technology.
- Evaluate network designs to determine whether customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively.
- Prepare or monitor project schedules, budgets, or cost control systems.
- Develop plans or budgets for network equipment replacement.
- Coordinate installation of new equipment.
- Explain design specifications to integration or test engineers.
- Develop or maintain project reporting systems.
- Use network computer-aided design (CAD) software packages to optimize network designs.
- Maintain or coordinate the maintenance of network peripherals, such as printers.
- Develop network-related documentation.
- Develop and write procedures for installation, use, or troubleshooting of communications hardware or software.
- Communicate with vendors to gather information about products, alert them to future needs, resolve problems, or address system maintenance issues.
- Maintain networks by performing activities such as file addition, deletion, or backup.
- Design, organize, and deliver product awareness, skills transfer, or product education sessions for staff or suppliers.
- Estimate time and materials needed to complete projects.
- Supervise engineers or other staff in the design or implementation of network solutions.
- Coordinate network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.
- Develop procedures to track, project, or report network availability, reliability, capacity, or utilization.
- Research and test new or modified hardware or software products to determine performance and interoperability.
- Communicate with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
- Prepare design presentations and proposals for staff or customers.
- Design, build, or operate equipment configuration prototypes, including network hardware, software, servers, or server operation systems.
- Participate in network technology upgrade or expansion projects, including installation of hardware and software and integration testing.
- Adjust network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
- Prepare detailed network specifications, including diagrams, charts, equipment configurations, or recommended technologies.