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Computer Network Architects - 15-1143.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Design Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • Network and Security Engineer
  • Network Consultant
  • Network Systems Consultant
  • Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer
  • Solutions Architect
  • Telecommunications Analyst

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adjust network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
  • Communicate with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
  • Communicate with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
  • Communicate with vendors to gather information about products, alert them to future needs, resolve problems, or address system maintenance issues.
  • Coordinate installation of new equipment.
  • Coordinate network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.
  • Coordinate network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Design, build, or operate equipment configuration prototypes, including network hardware, software, servers, or server operation systems.
  • Design, organize, and deliver product awareness, skills transfer, or product education sessions for staff or suppliers.
  • Determine specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
  • Develop and implement solutions for network problems.
  • Develop and write procedures for installation, use, or troubleshooting of communications hardware or software.
  • Develop conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Develop network-related documentation.
  • Develop or maintain project reporting systems.
  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Develop plans or budgets for network equipment replacement.
  • Develop procedures to track, project, or report network availability, reliability, capacity, or utilization.
  • Estimate time and materials needed to complete projects.
  • Evaluate network designs to determine whether customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively.
  • Explain design specifications to integration or test engineers.
  • Maintain networks by performing activities such as file addition, deletion, or backup.
  • Maintain or coordinate the maintenance of network peripherals, such as printers.
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.
  • Participate in network technology upgrade or expansion projects, including installation of hardware and software and integration testing.
  • Prepare design presentations and proposals for staff or customers.
  • Prepare detailed network specifications, including diagrams, charts, equipment configurations, or recommended technologies.
  • Prepare or monitor project schedules, budgets, or cost control systems.
  • Research and test new or modified hardware or software products to determine performance and interoperability.
  • Supervise engineers or other staff in the design or implementation of network solutions.
  • Use network computer-aided design (CAD) software packages to optimize network designs.
  • Visit vendors, attend conferences or training sessions, or study technical journals to keep up with changes in technology.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Communicate project information to others.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Configure computer networks.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Develop information communication procedures.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.
  • Develop specifications for computer network operation.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Install computer software.
  • Maintain computer hardware.
  • Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access.
  • Maintain contingency plans for disaster recovery.
  • Manage budgets for appropriate resource allocation.
  • Manage documentation to ensure organization or accuracy.
  • Manage financial activities of the organization.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Resolve computer network problems.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Teach others to use computer equipment or hardware.
  • Test computer hardware performance.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Planning And Implementation Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Computer Network Capability Development (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Cyber Network Defender (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Data Systems Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Data Systems Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Data Systems Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Information Protection Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information Services Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Technology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Network Integration (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Network Management Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Network Systems Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Senior Network Operations Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare/Cyberspace Operations Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Technical Electronic Intelligence Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Internetworking Technician