In this age of the internet, there is every need for people who master the back office operations that keep the internet working smoothly. Today networking is proving to be an interesting area and there are many opportunities for qualified persons to land high paying jobs. Many businesses operate successfully today thanks to proper internet networks. As such, there is an urgent need for network engineers and this field has seen a rise in the number of interested candidates.
Who is a Network Engineer?
These are the people who install, maintain and control communication systems for an organization. The communication network could be limited to one organization or extended to different organizations. They work tirelessly to ensure that there is no breakdown in communication which may be bad for business. They have to be able to understand how internet connections and other communication systems work and be ready to intervene at all times when the need arises.
What do Network Engineers Do?
The amount or work that the network engineer will be concerned with will greatly depend on how big a small the organization is. Generally, bigger organizations may employ more than one engineer and each may take part of a specific area. Ina smaller organization, financial resources may be limited to employ more than one person and the employed engineer ends up doing everything concerning networking and communication systems. They’ll work with different networks such as LANS and WANS and possibly work on MPLS and VPN.
Although the job responsibility may vary depending on what network is in use, a day in the life of a network engineer could include the following responsibilities:
– Updating all computers with required hardware and software
– Creating user words and passwords for account holders
– Resolving issues with network such as poor internet or intranet connection
– Placing restrictions on web usage by employees and monitoring compliance
– Restricting access to certain websites , files and folders
– Advising management on future IT needs of the organization
– Supervising other IT staff
– Collaborating with other departments on IT related issues
– Purchase of It equipments
– Ensuring network security by installing anti spam and antivirus software
What Skills are required?
Generally, a degree in computer science and or Information technology is the basic requirements for becoming a network engineer. However, not everybody actually gets a degree and most will qualify through experience and by certification. Certifications like Cisco CNA and Microsoft Network Engineering are more likely to increase the chances of landing a job as a network engineer.
Unlike some years behind, the job of a network engineer is become more demanding with the focus on security and performance. These days, understanding IPs and networking is not enough; an IT engineer has to be able to work with other departments to plan for success. Communications is a sensitive area when it comes to business and any downtime caused y failed networks may not be taken too kindly by senior management. Network engineers should therefore continue to keep abreast with new technologies as it will help greatly to improve their outputs.
Amit is a software engineer, writer, speaker and a tech geek who loves to write technology.