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Computer Network Architects in

May also be called: Network Consultants; Network Designers; Network Developers; and Network Engineers

What Would I Do?

Computer Network Architects design, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, mobile technology, and other data communications networks. The configuration of systems varies from a connection between two offices in the same building to globally distributed networks, voice mail, and e-mail systems of a multinational organization.

Computer Network Architects usually work in well-lit offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They work about 40 hours a week, but may be required to work some evenings or weekends to meet deadlines or solve specific problems. Large numbers of Computer Network Architects work on a temporary or contract basis.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Computer Network Architect may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve working with ideas and require an extensive amount of thinking. The Computer Network Architect occupation involves searching for facts and figuring out problems. Individuals who are results-oriented and value feelings of accomplishment should enjoy working in this occupation.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Computer Network Architects in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most Computer Network Architects receive medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers. Some employers also offer stock options and bonuses. Self-employed or independent contractors must provide for their own insurance and other benefits.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment growth for Computer Network Architects will be strong as organizations continue to upgrade their network systems and incorporate the newest technologies. The growing reliance on wireless networks and e-commerce as well as the expansion of healthcare information technology will fuel the demand.

How Do I Qualify?

A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or engineering is generally required for Computer Network Architect positions. Professional certification is required for some positions and can demonstrate competence in a particular field.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Computer Network Architects find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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