Network engineers work with the design, maintenance, and management of computer networks. They generally work in offices especially with companies that have large enterprise-wide networks. Their work may involve troubleshooting operation issues and security issues. They often deal with firewalls, DNS servers and/or DHCP servers. Later in their careers, they often move into the role of network architect.
Network Engineer Job Education Requirements
While some employers will hire people with a high school degree and considerable on-the-job experience in a network environment, most are looking for a bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, or a similar course of study.
Network Engineer Job Market
With increased threats to security networks, this position has seen recent growth. Candidates with experience, a degree in computer science, and a track record of new skills acquisition in the latest technologies will be in the greatest demand. Network engineering is expected to continue growing at the nation's average for all positions.
Additional positions in this field expected to experience growth over the next few years include systems engineer and IT network engineer. Opportunities exist for network engineers in the public and private sectors. The armed forces employ many network engineers.
Network Engineer Job Salary Information
Salary is commensurate with job duties, experience, and location. The San Francisco Bay area offers some of the highest average network engineering salaries at $93,000+, nearly $30,000 above the national average. These positions pay well, but it is also a very competitive market. Many network engineers are eligible for bonuses and profit sharing. The position is usually a salaried position and may be required to work, or be on call, during the evenings, weekends, or holidays since this role is critical to problem solving issues with the server and those could occur at any time.