Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. With a 12% projected employment growth rate and it’s low unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, this is an in-demand profession that’s expected to grow as employers invest in new technology and faster mobile networks. Statistics predicts approximately 42,900 new positions created through 2022. The estimated median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $75,790 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,220, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $120,000.
A network engineer, also known as network architect, designs and implements computer networks. Unlike network administrators, who perform day-to-day support, the network engineer focuses on high-level design and planning. Network engineers select the appropriate data communications components and configure them to meet user and corporate needs. According to payscale.com the average pay for a Network Engineer, IT is $62,883 per year.