Network Architect

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A network architect designs plans for a network of linked computers and other equipment, such as telephones. The network might connect computers and communication equipment within a building or across different buildings. Job titles can vary and may include network engineer or network analyst.

The Work

You could work on different types of network including: local area networks (LANs) which link offices in a building or local area; metropolitan area networks (MANs) which link a large area or joins LANs across a campus or city; wide area networks (WANs) which are national or international; and global area networks (GANs) which combines all of these with satellite technology.

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries can be around £25,000 to £27,000 a year. Experienced network architects can earn up to around £55,000 a year. Very experienced and senior level network architects may earn up to £85,000 a year or more.

If you do contract work, the daily rate varies.


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Getting In

There are jobs in a wide range of companies and organisations including banks, building societies, insurance companies, central and local government, water, utility companies, universities, colleges and the National Health Service (NHS). There are also jobs with companies that supply, install and service networks.

What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at the Tech Future Careers. You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.


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