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Network engineer

Network engineers design, implement and maintain the way data is transferred across digital and telecommunications networks.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Your tasks may include:

  • designing the way data is sent or 'routed' across computer networks
  • setting up user accounts, permissions and passwords to allow access to the network
  • making sure security is at the right level to block unauthorised access
  • finding and fixing network faults
  • giving technical support to people who use the network
  • training staff on new systems
  • carrying out day-to-day administration
  • planning and implementing future developments
  • documenting the processes used in your job

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

With experience, you could progress into network management or you could move into other areas of IT like project management, information security or consultancy.

You can get more advice about careers in networking from Tech Future Careers and The Chartered Institute for IT.

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