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Network Engineer / Architect

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs and builds computer network systems, including software and hardware. Runs program and system tests, solves technical problems and maintains the network system. Designs and analyzes computer network models.

Job Outlook

There were 5320 Network Engineer / Architect job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 132493 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Network Engineer / Architect 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 $113,500.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $110,333.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Network Engineer / Architect postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $96,408.

Education and Experience

Posted Network Engineer / Architect 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 Degree4%
Bachelor's Degree65%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other6%

Posted Network Engineer / Architect 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 years8%
3 to 5 years39%
6 to 8 years24%
9+ years29%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Network Engineer / Architect 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.

  • Communication Skills (40%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Troubleshooting (24%)
  • Planning (23%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Network Engineering (26%)
  • Cisco (21%)
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) (13%)
  • Solution Architecture (10%)
  • System/Network Configuration (10%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Python (15%)
  • Java (14%)
  • Project Management (13%)
  • Software Development (13%)
  • SQL (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Cisco Switching (7%)
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) (5%)
  • Big Data (5%)
  • Cloud Computing (5%)
  • System Architecture (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Network Engineer
  • Solutions Architect
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Machine Learning 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 Network Engineer / Architect jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (3479)
  • Deloitte (2902)
  • Microsoft Corporation (2395)
  • Humana (2113)
  • Salesforce (1778)

North Carolina

  • IBM (185)
  • Microsoft Corporation (169)
  • Deloitte (111)
  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (83)
  • Accenture (77)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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