How to become a network architect

Investigate, design and build data communication networks.

What does a network architect do?

Duties and tasks

Network architects design, plan and build computer networks, such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and intranets.

  • Assess existing network systems to identify opportunities to improve performance, security and efficiency.
  • Design and implement security countermeasures to computer networks are secure.
  • Install and upgrade hardware, such as routers, VPNs, adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, essential to enabling computer networks systems to work properly.
  • Perform ongoing troubleshooting, and diagnosing and resolving system issues as they arise.
  • Research new networking technologies and find innovative ways to improve the efficiency of network performance.
  • Collaborate with network administrators and other professionals in network setup and configuration.

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