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Computer Network Architects

What They Do:

  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.
  • Coordinate network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Develop conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.

Source: O*NET (2019)

Sample Job Titles:

  1. Network Engineer
  2. Network Specialist
  3. Telecommunications Specialist
  4. Telecommunications Engineer
  5. Information Technology Analyst

Source: O*NET (2019)

Outlook in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 2,672
Projected Annual Growth 0.4%
Average Entry Level Salary $ 89,600
Median Salary $130,200

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer Network Architects (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
1,663
Current Workforce
2,672

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (33%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (27%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (20%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (14%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Network Engineering
  • Cisco
  • Routers
  • System/Network Configuration
  • Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Administration
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Network Infrastructure (Edge POE Devices)
  • Cisco Switching

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 7,836
Projected Annual Growth 0.9%
Average Entry Level Salary $93,000
Median Salary $ 134,200

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer Network Architects (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
6,713
Current Workforce
7,836

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (33%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (27%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (20%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (14%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Network Engineering
  • Cisco
  • Routers
  • System/Network Configuration
  • Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Administration
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Network Infrastructure (Edge POE Devices)
  • Cisco Switching

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Richmond, VA MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 814
Projected Annual Growth 0.4%
Average Entry Level Salary $80,000
Median Salary $116,700

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer Network Architects (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
486
Current Workforce
814

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (33%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (27%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (20%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (14%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Network Engineering
  • Cisco
  • Routers
  • System/Network Configuration
  • Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Administration
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Network Infrastructure (Edge POE Devices)
  • Cisco Switching

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

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