Computer Network Architect

About the job:

What you do

As a Computer Network Architect, your job is to design and build data communication networks, such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets for office and customer use. You develop these based on the organization’s business plan in order to support it's goals. 

The tough stuff

As a Computer Network Architect, you will have to:

  • Work longer hours
  • Consider that Cloud computing might allow single engineers to do the work of multiple engineers, which would drive down the need for this role 
The cool stuff

As a Computer Network Architect, you will get to: 

  • Help companies and their employees organize their communication
  • Be well-paid 
Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • IT
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering, or a related field.
  • A Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems is generally preferred 
  • Some network architects advance to become Computer and Information Systems Managers.
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