Network engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Network administrator

Network engineers install, service and repair computer data and communication systems.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

on call flexibly

How to become a Network engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in computing. Useful subjects include:

  • network engineering
  • computer science
  • electronic engineering
  • network security
  • software engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You may be able to do a network engineer higher apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship in digital and technology solutions.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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You could start as a network technician and take industry-recognised training on the job, like a Cisco or CompTIA certificate.

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Career tips

Experience in related areas like IT support or computer service and repair could be useful.

Further information

The Chartered Institute for IT and Tech Partnership Degrees have more information about training routes and qualifications.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks may include:

  • installing and configuring new software and hardware
  • setting up user accounts, permissions and passwords to allow access to the network
  • making sure security is at the right level to block unauthorised access
  • finding and fixing network faults
  • setting up a maintenance plan to prevent faults
  • giving technical support to people who use the network
  • providing training on new systems
  • carrying out day-to-day administration
  • planning and implementing future developments

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress into network management or you could move into other areas of IT like project management, information security or consultancy.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

IT User Support Specialist Apprentice

  • Wage : £15,000.00 - £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London SW1Y 6DN

IT Support and Provisioning Apprentice

  • Wage : £10,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Runcorn WA7 3FW

Courses In England

Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - BSc Hons Degree - Top up

  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Blackpool

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Network Engineering)

  • Provider: Bradford College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Bradford

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