A net architect, also known as a network architect or network systems analyst, is a computer professional who designs, tests, installs and evaluates data communication systems like local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. The scope of the work can vary from connecting the computers in different offices in the same building to implementing data communication networks for global companies. The work of a net architect usually involves choosing and installing both hardware and software, and can also include the setup of various telecommunications solutions, for example involving voice mail and email systems. Net architects often work in industries like IT-services, telecommunications, and financial services. Many in this profession have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, and also commonly have several years of technical work experience.
A net architect is responsible for designing and implementing different kinds of net architecture to serve the needs of companies and organizations. Net architecture can include all parts of a communications network, such as its design, organization, data formats, and operation procedures. It also includes the physical components of a network, for example routers, hubs, wireless adapters, and cables. Much of the work is done at a computer, planning, researching, designing, and testing network solutions. Some of the work can be more manual in nature, involving the actual installation of various kinds of hardware.
The work of a net architect often involves teamwork and collaboration with other employees, clients, and sometimes other organizations and companies. Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work well with others are usually required. Often, tasks handled by a net architect can overlap with that of other computer professionals, for example that of a security architect and database architect, or involve teamwork with them.
Net architects often have a bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology. Often, employers also require several years of work experience dealing with Windows, Unix, or Novell systems. For those interested in a career as a net architect, it can be helpful to have taken general business and management courses, and also to have some knowledge of and experience with e-commerce and telecommunications. With many companies relying more on communication via the Internet for both sales and other purposes, net architects are often needed by both small and large companies.