Network Engineer

We're looking for people who:

love to work with computers and electronics to creatively solve problems.

What you will do:

You will install, configure and support local area networks, wide area networks, and internet systems, including all related programs and software.

Some specific tasks you will be asked to complete include:

  • Develop plans to safeguard system data against viruses and accidental modification, including setting up and monitoring firewalls
  • Update system software and perform system backups
  • Help network users with their problems
  • Communicate with network users about standard operating procedures and create training materials and learning sessions
  • Monitor network usage figures and prepare reports of usage trends for management
  • Research new technologies for ways to enhance your organization’s computer environment

Knowledge required for this job:

  • Complete understanding of computing and electronics concepts, inlucding networking, processors, chips, hardware and software, and applications and programs.
  • Knowing how to meet the needs of customers and solve their computing problems
  • Broad knowledge of telecommunication systems such as email, FTP, and data transmission
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of ways to design and implement educational opportunities for different learners

Skills required for this job:

  • An ability to use inductive and deductive reasoning to fix problems
  • Able to understand complex technical documents and instruction manuals
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to integrate new information into an existing framework of knowledge

What education you need:

Most network engineers and security analysts have a bachelor's degree or higher.
About one-half (51.4%) of people ages 25-44 who currently hold this kind of job have a bachelor's degree. An additional 35.2% have had some college experience. Only 13.4% have a high school diploma or lower.


Nationally, people working in this job earn between $18.56 and $46.67 an hour.
In Maryland, the pay scale ranges from $20.68 - $51.28 an hour. (Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 2007)

Future job prospects

Nationally, network engineers' and security analysts' jobs are expected to increase from 278,400 positions in 2004 to 385,200 in 2014. (+38%)
In Maryland, jobs numbers are expected to increase as well, with 7,560 positions in 2004 and 10,510 in 2014. (+38%)

Watch a video that shows what a network engineer (a network and computer system administrator) does.