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Network Engineer

Find out how to become a network engineer and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Network Engineer is $89,700 - 140,000 annually

What does a Network Engineer do?

Network engineers design, configure and install computer networks. They are responsible for the details of an organisation’s network systems.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Network Engineer?

Network engineers work to ensure the security and smooth running of company networks. They work with network technologies and provide user support.

  • Communicate effectively with team members and clients
  • Analyse existing complex computer systems and evaluate performance
  • Recommend software and hardware improvements to computer networks
  • Engage expert skills to troubleshoot problems with computer networks
  • Set up new networks and upgrade existing ones
  • Monitor network usage with regard to traffic, activity, capacity and performance

How to become a Network Engineer

To become a Network Engineer, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems or computer engineering. You can also gain entry-level work provided that you've studied a diploma qualification in a relevant field.

We recommend studying a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology (Cloud Engineering)  as this course can give you key transferable skills like problem-solving, team collaboration, and critical thinking. It will also teach you how to design and implement cloud infrastructure and the management and configuration of cloud services.


Quick facts

Working as a network engineer allows you to keep up to date with relevant information technologies but also gives you the opportunity to work closely with other people.

Employment of Network Engineers is set to grow strongly in the next five years, as of 2020.

  • Average Hours Worked
    42 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Average qualification level
    Set to grow strongly in the next five years, as of 2020. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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