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Computer Network Architects

Also called: Network Analyst, Network and Security Engineer, Network Consultant, Solutions Architect

Where in the Army? In the Army: Cyber Network Defender; Health Services Systems Management; Information Protection Technician; Information Systems Technician; Information Technology Specialist; Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator; Network Systems Engineering; Network Systems Technician; Senior Signal Warrant Officer; Signal Operations; Telecommunications Operations Chief

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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, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


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
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software
  • Microsoft ASP.NET Core MVC Hot Technology
  • Spring Framework Hot Technology
Video conferencing software
  • Cisco Systems Webex
  • Videoconferencing software
Network monitoring software
  • Nagios Hot Technology
  • Wireshark Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.

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