Design, implement and maintain data transference across digital and telecommunications networks.

What does a network engineer do?

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

What do I need to do to become a network engineer?

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • IT
  • Organisation
  • Patience
  • Problem solving
  • Technical ability

Academic route

  • You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree

Academic route

  • network engineering
  • computer science
  • electronic engineering
  • network security
  • software engineering
  • Level 4 Certificate in Networking and Architecture
  • Level 4 Certificate in Network Services
  • Level 4 Diploma in Network Security

Vocational route

  • You may be able to do a network cable installer advanced apprenticeship, a network engineer higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in digital and technology solutions.
  • You could start as a network technician and take industry-recognised training and certification on the job

Related subjects

  • Computer science

Where to find out more

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

Where could I be working?

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

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