Computer Network Architects

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $33.85/hr
Median: $43.30/hr
Experienced: $57.36/hr

Current Employment
291 (2017)

Projected Employment
315 (2028)

Growth for Computer Network Architects

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Computer Network Architects

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Computer Systems Design Services5920.1%1.5%
Custom Computer Programming Services3210.9%1.5%
Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Managing Offices175.9%0.3%
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 165.6%1.1%
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals134.4%0.6%

Occupational Tasks

  • 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.
  • Coordinate installation of new equipment.
  • Coordinate network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.