Build, test, and maintain a company's computer network.
What does a Network Engineer do?
If complicated terminology excites you, and the thought of solving technical problems doesn’t scare you, then a Network Engineer’s job would probably be a good fit. As a Network Engineer, your job is to assist companies in designing, configuring, and executing computer networks.
Basically, you’re the go-to person when it comes to managing the intricacies of a company’s computer network and systems. A typical assignment might involve designing the network, focusing particularly on software and hardware programs that enable the company to do business. You run tests on the type of programming you have designed to ensure that even non-techies would still be able to understand and use it.
Of course, this means that you’ll likely be called to provide support and work out any glitches even at odd hours. So be prepared to work on an on-call basis. Additionally, you’ll have to keep up with ever-changing technological trends in order to update your skills and increase your marketability.
As a highly specialized technical job, the work of a Network Engineer presents many challenges. But you’ll find satisfaction in knowing that your skills are very useful—even indispensable—to a lot of businesses.