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Network Engineers are skilled IT professionals that design, organize, install and manage computer networks. Their duties may involve creating or upgrading a local area network within an office to advanced tasks, like maintaining wide area networks, intranet and large data communication systems. Network Engineers may also perform repairs to existing networks as well as troubleshooting the network for speed. Senior Network Engineers may also be in charge of managing a company’s network hardware, including the mobile equipment, computers and servers. They work an average of 40 hours during the week and rely on strong problem-solving, analytical and communication skills to perform their jobs.
With the increased reliance on the speed and convenience of digital data, almost every organization relies on a network engineer (or a team of engineers) for their day-to-day operation. They are especially crucial within the telecommunication industry. A large majority of Network Engineers work full time through most of the week. They may work alongside other IT specialists like database administrators and network architects in ensuring that workstations of most employees are properly configured and connected. Most companies require that Network Engineers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field related to information technology or computer science. Advanced engineers typically have certifications in professional programs like Network+, CCNA and CCNP. The job outlook for Network Engineers is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6 percent job growth from 2016 to 2026, as more companies make the switch to cloud-based services.