Typical job requirements for a network engineer include direct experience configuring and maintaining network infrastructure. Network engineers should have expertise in network security, design and optimization.
The scope of network engineering positions varies greatly depending on the size of the organization. In small companies, the network engineer may handle most IT issues. In larger firms, network engineers may specialize in managing a particular aspect of the company’s network. Network engineers are expected to have in-depth knowledge of enterprise level network equipment and be able to implement and troubleshoot various web protocols. In addition to strong technical ability, network engineers also need communication skills, as they typically work with a broad range of customers, clients and team members, including those without knowledge of networks.