What does a Network Engineer do?
A Network Engineer controls and maintains computer networks and any computer infrastructures that are related to hardware and software programs, configurations and software structures. They typically work in an office setting and spend most of their day at a desk working on a computer. Sometimes they outsource their service to two or more companies, requiring them to travel regularly to visit individual business locations.
Network Engineer skills and qualifications
A successful Network Engineer candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications including:
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to make technical information easy to understand
- Ability to work well both individually and in a team
- Customer service skills if providing external support
- Excellent logic and reasoning skills
- Detailed computer and IT skills
- Qualifications in computer sciences, communications, or mathematics
- Cisco qualification or equivalent technical qualifications
Network Engineer experience requirements
Network engineers are usually required to have several years of experience in the IT and communication sector. IT support experience, computer repair experience or experience developing software solutions is useful. Senior Network Engineers are typically required to have over five years of experience working within a Network Engineer role or IT support role. Those who want to work as Wireless Network Engineers need to have experience in wireless standards, protocols and equipment. They should be specialised in wireless technologies, including Wireless Access Point (WAP), Wi-Fi and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax).
Network Engineer education and training requirements
Network engineers need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in areas such as computer systems engineering, network security management, information technology or computer science. Continuing education is also important for Network Engineers, as this field continues to change with new programs and systems being released regularly.
Network Engineers are also required to complete on-the-job training while working in entry-level IT positions, as most companies expect them to have an existing in-depth knowledge of a variety of systems and programs. Many companies also require Network Engineers to have industry-approved certifications, such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications and Professional CompTIA Network certifications.
Network Engineer salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Network Engineer is £39,605 per year. Salary may be dependent on experience, location and company.
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