Who is Network Engineer : A network engineer handles all of the “plumbing” for a company’s computers, connecting offices with T1 lines, hooking them up to the Internet, and configuring all internal systems such as net routers and firewalls. The position usually spills over into some Unix systems administration work, but “basically, it’s a plumbing job,” says one engineer. Configuring a start-up Web company is a pretty easy network design job; most of these companies have a small staff and only one location. But if you work for Citibank, for example, the network is incredibly complicated with tiers and tiers of network engineers. If you’re willing to wear a suit and tie every day, go to work for a bank where you’ll make twice as much as anywhere else. A network engineer needs to know how to use some basic network devices like “packet sniffers,” but the work itself doesn’t utilize a lot of tools. “It’s a ‘noodly’ job; you have to be able to think your way through problems and understand how stuff works,” says one professional. You don’t spend a lot of time typing, but rather in front of white boards (like a chalk board you write on with markers) drawing pictures to visualize your solutions.
Network Engineer Salary (India) :
- Computer systems analysis
- Electrical engineering
- Technology education
- Computer and information science
- Computer engineering
- Management information systems
Beyond attending networking classes, BLS data suggests that those with the proper certs might be better job candidates in the competitive IT field, so it’s important to be aware of which accreditations show the most proficiency in this field. Several vendors offer certifications that can prove one’s ability and proficiency as a network engineer. Here are a handful of options for those who wish to become network engineers:
- Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification “validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.”
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an intermediate-level networking endorsement that “validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN,” according to vendor information.
- Certified Novell Engineer cert broadcasts an IT pro’s ability to support a wide range of networks and shows one’s ability to “perform planning, installation, configuration, troubleshooting and upgrade services for networks,” according to the vendor.
- Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) endorsement is useful to network engineers who need to show proficiency working in Linux and Unix systems. Candidates for this cert already hold the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator cert, with the RHCE showing additional depth.