Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects or network engineers are workers responsible for building local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets of an organization. These networks may be small engaging few computers or of very large capacity engaging million computers and computer networks. In work environment computer network engineer performs following types of activities-

  • Build layout for data communication network
  • Discuss with management regarding pros and cons of a communication channel
  • Draw maps regarding how cables will be laid and other hardware will be added
  • Decides which hardware should be used in building a communication network
  • Conduct research about new technologies related network engineering

Skills Required to be Computer Network Architects

Academic requirements: Bachelors degree in computer sciences or an engineering degree in computer engineering or a degree in information sciences is minimum requirement to be successful Computer Network Architect. Higher qualification like an MS or PhD has an edge over graduates in industry while applying for job.

Personal Skills

To be successful in career one needs to possess the following personality traits:

Analytical Skill Requirements- Computer Network Architects Analysts must possess sound analytical skills to understand the working circumstances of the Mechanical systems.

Business Skills Requirements- Computer Network Architects must be good in numbers to pre-determine what a project will cost and how a company or government will benefit from it.

Critical Thinking Abilities- Computer Network Architects must be able to think under what circumstances designs, materials and end product or project may fail and what should be alternative options in case of a failure so as to minimize losses. Computer Network Architects work in highly sensitive environments where a small glitch may cost you a fortune within no time.

Team Worker- Computer Network Architects works in team, he / she must need to be a good team worker, able to learn and make others learn in work environment.
Writing Skills- Computer Network Architects works in a team with fellow engineers and other coworkers. They should have good writing and designing skills to present clear papers which other team workers could fully understand.

Scope of Computer Network Architects in India

In India Computer Network Architects are in great demand and they are employed as Network Administrator, Network (Systems) Engineer, and Information Systems Manager. For networking, its the service providers who hire most of the professionals for configuring/maintaining/designing their network. In India there are big service providers like Airtel and Reliance who hire network professionals. Networks are becoming progressively more and more convoluted as the technology is advancing and flourishing. So, the demand for a network specialist does not seem to go out of way anytime soon. Cisco, TCS, Aricent, Accenture and L & T are some of the companies hiring network professionals.

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