In the Air Force:
Command and Control Battle Management Operations; Command and Control Battle Management Operations Apprentice, Weapons Director; Command and Control Battle Management Operations Craftsman, Weapons Director; Command and Control Battle Management Operations Journeyman, Weapons Director; Cyber Transport Systems; Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice, Data Links; Cyber Transport Systems Helper; Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman; Cyber Warfare Operations Apprentice; Cyber Warfare Operations Helper; Cyber Warfare Operations Superintendent
In the Army:
Information Protection Technician; Information Services Technician; Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator; Network Integration; Network Management Technician; Network Systems Engineering; Senior Network Operations Technician
In the Marine Corps:
Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist; Communications Chief; Cyber Network Systems Chief; Data Systems Administrator; Data Systems Chief; Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer; Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare/Cyberspace Operations Technician
In the Navy:
Computer Network Capability Development; Electronic Intelligence Analyst; Information Systems Technician; Information Systems Technician Submarines
Almost all organizations rely on efficiently organized computer networks to accomplish their day-to-day business. Those networks are designed and built by computer network architects. Computer network architects create plans and layouts for data communication networks, ranging from building small connections between two offices to accessing vast networking capabilities on a cloud infrastructure that customers can connect to across the globe. Network architects develop a deep understanding of a business’ plans in order to design networks that will best suit their current and future needs. They analyze the organization’s data traffic, and work with chief technology officers and hardware engineers to predict future demand, and determine where to build new networks. They must consider information security and new technology developments to design the most effective, reliable systems. Along with having the necessary computer knowledge, network architects need to be effective team leaders, coordinators, and communicators. Most work full-time schedules in offices, with occasional visits to server rooms when they need to access network hardware. Network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, along with several years’ experience working with information technology systems. A master’s of business administration in information systems is needed for some positions.
What they do:
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
On the job, you would:
Adjust network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
Communicate with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
Communicate with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
figuring out how to use new ideas or things
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
quickly know what you are looking at
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.