Become a Network Engineer

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You have chosen a fantastic career in network engineering. More than 8 million network engineering jobs exist and it’s growing. On this career path, you will learn how to protect, administrate, and build best-in-class networks. Master management of systems performance, troubleshoot and diagnose network issues, understand infrastructure protocols, application and transport to empower organizations to scale securely. Cybrary’s trademark virtual lab environments provide students with real-world, hands-on skills and provide experience with today’s latest tools and technologies.

In our community, you will be guided by the top experts in network engineering. We have more than 40 mentors, including our Chief Mentor Mark Nibert, who manages a network operations center for the US government. You will be learning with more than ten thousand community members that are all building their careers in the cybersecurity and technology space. As you grow your career, you will now have a network of people that will help you continuously.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a network engineer, you will be responsible for administering and maintaining an organization’s computer networks. The most common duties for the network engineer role include maintaining software, hardware, networks, and other related systems. Additionally, you will be responsible for protecting information, hardware, and software from threats and replacing any defective hardware components when necessary. You will also work closely with network users to identify any issues and resolve them.

You will need a strong understanding of network hardware and network infrastructure. It’s also necessary to have the ability to implement, administer, maintain, and troubleshoot various network devices including firewalls, WAPs, switches, routers, and controllers. In most cases, a network engineer position also requires extensive knowledge of application transport and network infrastructure protocols. Overall, as a network engineer, you need to possess the knowledge and experience that allows you to make and maintain network systems that all organization employees will use. These networks’ complexity can vary widely depending on the organization and may require that you work alongside a Chief Technology Engineer. That means that excellent communication skills are also a must.

While the network engineer position is not a cookie-cutter job, and daily responsibilities and tasks can be very different depending on the organization, the overall goal is to maintain network systems for users to work efficiently and productively. Some network engineers will work a regular 9-5 workday, while others may be required to work evenings and weekends or be on call should any network problems arise. However, there are some daily tasks and responsibilities that are generally common to most network engineer positions, and include: Review any downed devices, trouble tickets, and network monitoring tools; Monitor network performance tools and investigate any issues; Review and perform scheduled maintenance on network systems; Review device configurations to ensure they are correct and up to standards; Administrative tasks like inventory and documentation.

This is an entry-level career path; however, the CompTIA IT Fundamentals course would be helpful to tackle some of the more advanced concepts.

How Long Will It Take To Be Job Ready?

I can dedicate

hours per week

5 months to complete this career path

What Our Learners Are saying

"Cybrary has enabled me to develop new skills and gain experience with tools that I’ve needed to utilize in order to support my clients"

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"Cybrary, through its community and its content, has given me the confidence to feel like I could go on and present myself well in an interview and to be in the position that I'm in now."

Career Prospects

$59,000-96,000
Salary Range in the U.S. (Yearly)

Average Salary via Payscale.com

What Will I Learn?

IT / Network Ops

Focused on understanding different types of technologies and their proper configuration. Plugging the holes to keep the bad guys out. Topics such as network hardening, upgrades, a lot of certification prep.

Defensive Security

Focused on trying to find the bad guys. Topics such as threat intelligence, threat hunting, network monitoring, incident response. Defensive security is a reactive measure taken once a vulnerability is found through prevention, detection, and response.

Additional Skills You Will Gain

Fundamentals

Security Engineering

Web Application Security

Identity & Access Management (IAM)

Operating System Hardening

Virtualization

Intrusion Detection

Networking

Tools and Utilities

Microsoft OS

Windows OS

Linux OS

Instructors