There are so many different responsibilities associated with this job title. After all, there are around a dozen different kinds of networks. So, when keeping this in mind, when hiring a Network Engineer it is important to highlight the following responsibilities:
- Extended experience within the company’s network (which can include LAN, MAN, SAN, VoIP and all sorts of other network services)
- Establishing and maintaining the network to work with the needs of the company
- Maximize network efficiency
- Secure network systems
- Upgrading data network equipment
- Configuring all routing and switching hardware within the building
- Configure hosted IP services (when required)
- Working directly with customers over phone and email when setting up equipment
When looking for the right candidate, it is necessary to make sure they fit the following criteria:
- Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in computer science, network security, electrical engineering, computer systems or a similar degree.
- Knowledge on the latest computer networking trends
- Communication skills
- Analytical skills
- Exceptional organization skills
The pay is usually going to sit around $75,000 on average for someone in the early stages of their career.