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Cisco Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs and builds computer network systems built using Cisco hardware, telecommunications equipment and software. Runs program and system tests, solves technical problems and maintains the network system. Designs and analyzes computer network models. May advise on the application of Cisco services within the system.

Job Outlook

There were 69 Cisco Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1971 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network Engineer / Architect industry, which includes the Cisco Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Cisco Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,508.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,039.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Cisco Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $88,139.

Education and Experience

Posted Cisco Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree8%
Bachelor's Degree74%
Master's Degree9%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other7%

Posted Cisco Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years15%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years20%
9+ years15%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Cisco Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (51%)
  • Communication Skills (27%)
  • Planning (24%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
  • Problem Solving (17%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Cisco (79%)
  • Network Engineering (56%)
  • Routers (34%)
  • Cisco Switching (29%)
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) (29%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Network Troubleshooting (19%)
  • Border Gateway Protocol (18%)
  • OSPF (15%)
  • Network Administration (15%)
  • Telecommunications (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Cisco Nexus (7%)
  • Unified Communications (7%)
  • Virtualization (7%)
  • Cisco Call Manager (6%)
  • Meraki (6%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Cisco Security (4%) – marginal value $2,896

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Cisco Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Cisco Network Engineer
  • Security Network Engineer
  • Cisco Voice Engineer
  • Senior Cisco Network Engineer
  • Network Deployment Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Cisco Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (26)
  • Leidos (23)
  • Blueprint Technologies (22)
  • Primus Global Services Incorporated (20)
  • Facebook (20)

North Carolina

  • Blueprint Technologies (10)
  • Chandra Technologies Incorporated (5)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (3)
  • Cameo Global, Inc (2)
  • Cynet Systems (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!

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