|Quick Facts: Computer Network Architects|
|2012 Median Pay||
$91,000 per year
$43.75 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||5 years or more|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||143,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||20,900|
Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from a small connection between two offices to a multinational series of globally distributed communications systems.
Most computer network architects work full time. More than a quarter worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012.
Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. They usually need experience in a related occupation also.
The median annual wage for computer network architects was $91,000 in May 2012.
Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks.
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