Computer Network Architects

Computer Network Architects Overview & Description


Computer network architects design and implement data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to virtual capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers.


A computer network architect lays out the IT and communication infrastructures for a company. “Network architecture” refers to the communication protocols, transmission equipment, software, and other components that provide users with an uninterrupted connection to one another.


a computer network architect needs to learn several different skill sets to thrive in their job. Mastering these different areas can help you land a lucrative IT job. 

  • Designing, modeling, testing, and troubleshooting network systems. 
  • Testing and inspecting existing networks
  • Upgrading a network (both hardware and software)
  • Analyzing and fixing security vulnerabilities in a new or existing network
  • Developing, writing, and delivering technical documentation for a planned or current network
  • Installing and maintaining the hardware components of the network, such as routers, hubs, adapters, and the cables that connect them.

Network Architect vs. Network Administrator vs. Network Engineer. These three terms are often used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between them. A network administrator is in charge of managing and providing support for an existing network. A netwok engineer builds a network based on a design and repairs it when issues arise. A network architect creates the design that the other network professionals follow. 

In some cases, a network architect will also build and maintain a network. Because they may need to wear different hats, depending on the needs of their employer, a network architect needs a strong educational foundation on which to build their career.


What does a network architect do?

A network architect is responsible for planning, designing and implementing data communication networks that meet their organizations' needs. Once deployed, these professionals monitor the network and performing network modeling tasks to assess future needs. Their typical job responsibilities include:

  • Planning and designing data communication networks
  • Presenting network plans to management staff
  • Overseeing the network implementation process, including setting schedules and budgets
  • Managing information and network security
  • Implementing upgrades to hardware and software as needed
  • Performing maintenance and repairs to network equipment
  • Keeping documentation of networks, including drawings, descriptions and configurations
  • Researching network technologies and staying up to date on advancements in the field

Date : 07 Oct, 2023

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