Computer Network Architects

General Information


Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit75.98%
  2. State and local government8.04%
  3. Private, not for profit6.99%
  4. Federal government5.30%
  5. Self-employed3.55%

Job Outlook

Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 11,000 openings for computer network architects are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 36%
  • Bachelor's degree 31%
  • Post baccalaureate 13%
  • Post-master's certificate 9%
  • Some college 4%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%


  • Computers and Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
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