Computer Network Architects (15-1143)

Occupation description:  Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes Information Security Analysts (15-1122), Network and Computer Systems Administrators (15-1142), and Computer Network Support Specialists (15-1152).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 6262 0.01 34
United States 162,700173,200 6.52,400 8,30011,750

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 51.8627.9637.53 50.3163.6878.07
Alaska 51.7518.0340.65 48.5058.8375.94
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 54.1617.3040.09 50.9661.2684.15

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
495 10.250.0 32.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation9
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation5
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 138
Number of job position postings 18
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.7

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: More than 5 years On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
CompTIA Network+
Visio Level 1
Visio Level 2

 Degree
Central Texas College, Fort Richardson/Elmendorf AFB   (Fort Richardson)
Information Technology AAS

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Computer Networking Systems AAS

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Cybersecurity Management & Policy BS
Information Assurance Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
COMP TIA Network+ Certification Certificate
Internet and Computing Core Certification Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Cisco Certified Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Technology AAS
Computer & Networking Technology CT1
Computer & Networking Technology CT2
Technical Support OEC
Telecom Elect & Computer Tech AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Computer Systems Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Cisco Certified Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Technology AAS
Computer Systems Technology AAS
Telecom Elect & Computer Tech AAS
Telecommunication & Electronic System CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Engineering BS
Information Technology Specialist AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC
Networking Essentials OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Introduction to Visio Professional

 Degree
WinCertification   (Red Devil)
Cisco: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Tech
CompTIA: Network+ Technician
CompTIA: Security+ Technician
Microsoft Windows Server

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