Computer network architects work with businesses and organizations to design and build data communication networks like local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and intranets that serve as connections between computers. These networks can range from a one-building intranet to a connection between two offices to a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers.
Computer network architects have a variety of job duties:
Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
Present these plans to management
Consider information security when designing networks
Upgrade hardware (like routers and adaptors) and software (like network drivers) as needed to support computer networks
Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing faster than average (9 percent projected growth)*