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Networking Careers for 2022



Networking covers a wide variety of today’s top business connectivity initiatives, whether it’s cloud computing or 5G implementation or software-defined infrastructure

Any enterprise setup that allows users to share data across the information system is a form of networking and requires networking professionals to design, configure, and manage the infrastructure over time. 

The networking job market has grown quickly to meet the needs of all kinds of companies, especially as their users and network components continue to the cloud and the edge. 

Whether you’re an experienced networking professional, a new tech graduate, or someone who’s looking for a career change, learn more about the market for networking careers and how you can sharpen your skills to meet networking job criteria:

The Networking Job Market

The networking market

Networking job types

Education for networking roles

Networking job openings

Networking salaries


The networking market

The enterprise networking market reached a value of $50.6 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $64.6 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research.

Generally, these six categories of networking are the most common:

Local-area networking (LAN)
Wide-area networking (WAN)
Software-defined networking (SDN)
Cloud and edge networking
5G and mobile networking
Virtual private network (VPN)

More on this topic: The Networking Market

Networking job types

Network engineer: one of the most versatile and highly sought after networking professionals. Network engineers focus on designing, optimizing, and developing networking infrastructure, but they also frequently assist with ongoing network management. 
Network technician: primarily handles tactical upgrades, bug fixes, and troubleshooting for network hardware and software.
Network administrator: think of this role as the network’s operations manager. Network administrators handle most maintenance, monitoring, and general management features of a network after it’s set up. They are also frequently in charge of designating responsibilities to other networking roles.
Network support specialist: frequently more user experience (UX) focused. If a network or its components are experiencing outages or other problems, this individual acts as the communication liaison between the users and solutions they need.
Network security engineer: focuses on developing technical, physical, and regulatory safeguards to secure different components of a network. They may work closely with a network administrator, especially when focusing on network monitoring needs.

Explore other security roles here: Today’s Cybersecurity Job Market

Education for networking roles

Because networking covers such a broad spectrum of connectivity needs, the networking job market is one of the most accessible for applicants who want to find technical work for the first time. 

Many networking professionals have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, IT, or another related technical field. However, the networking job market is one where several combinations of relevant education and experience will work for an available networking role.

Taking the time to invest in the following skills and experiences can improve your chances of getting hired in this specialty:

Platform-specific experience, especially for cloud-based networking (e.g., AWS)
In-depth knowledge of traditional networking hardware, software, and protocols (e.g., TCP/IP)
Experience with network management and monitoring tools
Comfortability with open-source environments and hands-on coding
Software development and scripting experience
Security certifications or hands-on security work, particularly for network security roles

For applicants who are looking to improve their networking resume outside of traditional working hours, consider completing one of the more esteemed networking certifications: CompTIA Network+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) are some of the certifications that hiring managers look for during the hiring process.

Learn more about certification opportunities from Datamation.

Networking job openings

Over 139,000 positions are open for varying networking roles, according to LinkedIn

While many of these roles are focused on managing the local networking infrastructure of smaller companies, several roles are with larger enterprises that require assistance with network configuration, management, and security.

These positions are some of the top networking openings, according to LinkedIn:

Cloud network engineer
Network engineer
Junior/entry-level network engineer
Network administrator
Network deployment and support specialist
Network development engineer
Network operations engineer
Network security engineer

Especially if you’re interested in working for a larger company, several tech companies are filling out their networking teams:

Juniper Networks

What else is happening in networking: Top Networking Trends & Developments

Networking salaries

Networking salaries are less dependent on the specific job title and more on the specialized networking skills that candidates can bring to the table. 

Job applicants who show expertise in the following networking skill areas are likely to make salaries in the following ranges, according to the 2021 “Dice Tech Salary Report”:

SkillSalary in 2020Yr/Yr Change





Cloud computing$113,901+2.20%






Network/Information Security$99,757+2.60%









WAN Optimization$111,223-2.70%

(Source: Dice)


A key advantage of the networking job market is the wide range of available roles. You don’t necessarily have to have a relevant bachelor’s degree to qualify, as many roles lean more heavily on a candidate’s knowledge of specific technologies. 

Hands-on experience and relevant certifications are weighted heavily in the networking job market, especially for network security and support roles. 

Networking is the backbone of nearly every other technical market due to the connectivity it provides to technical innovations. Because of its ubiquity across industries and companies, networking careers are some of the most versatile and stable tech career paths to pursue.

Read next: Top 10 Enterprise Networking Companies



Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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