Designs and implements computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Performs network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway, Network Systems pathway, Programming and Software Development pathway.
A person in this career:
- Develops or recommends network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
- Develops disaster recovery plans.
- Monitors and analyzes network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.
- Coordinates network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
- Develops conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.
- Determines specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
- Develops and implements solutions for network problems.
- Communicates with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
- Visits vendors, attends conferences or training sessions, or studies technical journals to keep up with changes in technology.
- Evaluates network designs to determine whether customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively.