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Junior Network Engineer
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You can earn an average of £51,569.28 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Network Engineer?
You will need to show a combination of the following skills:
Soft skills include:
- Problem solving
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Interpersonal skills
- Willingness to continue professional development (CPD)
- Analytical thinking
- Attention to detail
Technical skills include:
- In-depth knowledge of various network types
- Knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
The technical skills for each Network Engineer position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of network engineering and the level of job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What networks would I be working with?
You will need in-depth knowledge of four network types and will be working with; local area networks (LAN), metropolitan area networks (MAN), wide area networks (WAN) and global area networks (GAN).
Do I need to have a degree?
Network Engineers do not need a degree to pursue this career, while it may be advantageous to have a formal qualification in computer science or a related subject, it is not necessary.
By having basic IT skills it is possible to become a Network Engineer through an apprenticeship scheme or by studying a course from an accredited training provider.
Specialised courses are becoming an increasingly popular route to IT careers. They allow you to gain internationally recognised certifications from the comfort of your home and in a timescale that suits you. Courses such as the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCNET will provide you with the desired skillset to become a Network Engineer and in turn make you more employable.
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What is the typical work environment for this career?
As a Network Engineer you will predominantly be working in an office environment, working standard business hours, Monday to Friday. However, you may be required to travel and work across different sites depending on the size of the organisation.
There may also be a need for you to be available on-call in the evenings and at weekends should any major technical problems occur.
Self-employment and freelance contract work is possible with experience.
What are the day-to-day duties of a Network Engineer?
As a Network Engineer you will be responsible for the following daily tasks;
- Installing new software and hardware
- Setting up user accounts, permissions and passwords
- Fixing network faults
- Support and administer firewall environments
- Upgrade data network equipment
- Configure routing and switching equipment
- Overseeing security of all systems
- Training staff on new systems
- Planning future improvements
What is the career path for a Network Engineer?
You can begin your career as a Network Engineer with only basic IT skills. However, you are more than likely to start your career in an entry-level IT role as a Junior Network Support Engineer. With experience you can progress into becoming a fully-fledged Network Engineer.
Once you have reached the position of Network Engineer you can advance into a more senior level and over time become a Network Manager who is responsible for a whole team of engineers.
After becoming a Network Manager you can broaden your career into other IT, customer-related or management functions. Technical and infrastructure project management and network architecture opportunities are also a viable career pathway.