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Computer Network Architect  What They Do

Just the Facts


Analyzes, designs, tests and evaluates network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. Performs network modeling, analysis, and planning. Researches and recommends network and data communications hardware and software. Includes telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. May supervise computer programmers.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway, Network Systems pathway, Programming and Software Engineering pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Adjusts network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
  • Communicates with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
  • Communicates with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
  • Coordinates installation of new equipment.
  • Coordinates network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.
  • Coordinates network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Designs, builds, or operates equipment configuration prototypes, including network hardware, software, servers, or server operation systems.
  • Designs, organizes, and delivers product awareness, skills transfer, or product education sessions for staff or suppliers.
  • Determines specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
  • Develops and implements solutions for network problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Systems Engineer -- Analyzes technical and business problems and recommends solutions to clients and engineers. Responsible for designing and implementing improvements to hardware and software of computers.
  • LAN Engineer (Local Area Network Engineer) --
  • Network Security Analyst --
  • Wireless Network Engineer --