Network Architects are responsible for the design, optimization and maintenance of computer networks, including Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) and internal networks (intranets), including wireless. The Architect’s duties and responsibilities will vary with the number of attached devices, geographic dispersal, the complexity, the security required and the size of the network team. The growing popularity of Cloud computing will accelerate the demand.

Job Description: What Does a Network Architect Do?

Computer Network Architects design and build data communication networks, including LANs, WANs, and intranets, including both wired and wireless. Networks may range from connections between two offices to a multinational series of globally distributed communications systems.

These architects verify the network integrity and compatibility of any new or changed components. In an arena where bandwidth and speed are critical, they must constantly monitor and optimize the overall flow of information. Security of the network, its components and data are a primary responsibility, working with security specialists. They must maintain an understanding and awareness of cutting edge technology in networking as well as the threat environment.

Network Architect Job Responsibilities and Duties

In a small environment, the Network Architect may perform more operational and hands-on work. In large enterprise networks, the Architect performs the high-level management oversight and design to ensure that all the networks are designed protected and perform as required. They must:

  • Understand or develop requirements for networks meet the customer needs.
  • Design and monitor network components to meet volume or capacity demands.
  • Work with security to create security standards across all company networks and the policies, software and hardware to ensure they are met.
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and solve operational problems.
  • Ensure that new equipment or changes will function as expected and manage the installation.
  • Coordinate all network operations, including monitoring, optimization, maintenance and upgrades.
  • Review and approve all network access policies.
  • Ensure that security audits are completed on the network.