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Computer Network Architects

Also called: Network Analyst, Network Engineer, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer

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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
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • 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
Visual Understanding
  • 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.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Network monitoring software
  • Nagios Hot Technology
  • Wireshark Hot Technology
Web platform development software
  • Apache Tomcat Hot Technology
  • Enterprise JavaBeans Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • Apache Maven Hot Technology
  • Integrated development environment IDE software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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