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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.

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Skills Needed

66%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

66%

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.

66%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

64%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

64%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

63%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

63%

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.

63%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

60%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

56%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

55%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

55%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

53%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

53%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

53%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

52%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

50%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

50%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

49%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

49%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

49%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

49%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

47%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

47%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

47%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

45%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

42%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

38%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

38%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

38%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

38%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

35%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

35%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

33%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

24%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $70k
  • Median Income Salary$106k
  • Upper Income Salary $149k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

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Degree Levels Offered

    • Accounting and Info Syst BSBUS
    • CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Wireless
    • CIT-NETWORK SECURITY-AAS
    • Cisco Cert Network Assoc Cert
    • Cisco certification: Cisco Ce
    • Comp TIA Certification Preparation
    • CompTIA A+ & Network+
    • Computer Engineering BSEG
    • Computer Sci and Engr BSCSE
    • Computer Sci and Engrg PhD
    • Cyber Seccurity-AAS
    • Information Systems MS
    • Network Specialist
    • Operating Engineers
    • CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing a
    • CIT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT-CT
    • CIT-SOFTWARE-AAS
    • Cisco Cert Network Pro Cert
    • Comp Info Tech, Networking-AAS
    • CompTIA Certification Prepara
    • CompTIA Security+ Certificate
    • Computer Networking Technology
    • Computer Sci and Engr MS
    • Computer Technologies-CT
    • Information Systems BSBUS
    • Linux Professional Certificati
    • Networking/Server Tech-AAS
    • Technology - Comp Info Tech

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 56

    Associate's Degree

  • 223

    Bachelor's Degree

  • 4

    Certificate Of At Least One But Less Than Two Years

  • 267

    Certificate Of Less Than One Year

  • 5

    Doctoral Degree (academic)

  • 29

    Master's Degree