Computer Network Architects

Computer Network Architects

Career Overview

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.


Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or a related field.

Future Outlook

Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their information technology (IT) networks. Designing and building these new networks, as well as upgrading existing ones, will create opportunities for computer network architects.

Work Environment

Most computer network architects work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week.

Recommended High School Courses

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Applications

  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Maintain contingency plans for disaster recovery.
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.
  • Develop specifications for computer network operation.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues.
  • Resolve computer network problems.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Install computer software.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Test computer hardware performance.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Communicate project information to others.
  • Configure computer networks.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Manage budgets for appropriate resource allocation.
  • Manage financial activities of the organization.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Develop information communication procedures.
  • Manage documentation to ensure organization or accuracy.
  • Maintain computer hardware.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Teach others to use computer equipment or hardware.


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Approx Salary Expectation

Low End:
$64,770.00 /yr
$112,690.00 /yr
High End:
$168,390.00 /yr


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Trend Analysis - Explorer the Market, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development,