To work as a computer network architect, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have a bachelor's degree; and
- have at least five years or more of related work experience.
Education after high school
Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field.
Some jobs prefer applicants who have a master’s of business administration (MBA) in information systems.
Network architects typically need at least 5 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.
Because of rapid changes in technology, employers often provide training or pay for college course work. This is so you can update your technical skills or expand your administrative skills.
Some branches of the military train people to be computer systems specialists. Training lasts from seven to 13 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.
Some branches of the military train people to be computer systems officers. Training lasts from five to 18 weeks, depending on your specialty. You need at least a bachelor's degree to enter this military occupation.
Some branches of the military train people to be intelligence specialists. Training lasts from nine to 24 weeks of classroom instruction, including practice in intelligence gathering. Training length varies depending on specialty.