Network Engineer or Network Administrator Course and Career Info Description
Computer Science & Technolog
To be a network engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in information technology. This college course teaches you how to manage computer systems, so you will be taught here the different programming languages as well as the different operating systems. You will also be taught database systems, algorithms, computer networks, and their applications. Other subjects include information security principles and methods, system administration, information system architecture as well as technology, and infrastructure management. Of note; you will need to be an accredited MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) as well as a certified CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) to become a network engineer.
Cost of Education:
B.S. in Information Technology will cost you about P40,000 to P60,000 each semester; that is, if you enroll in a private institution. If you enroll in a public one, the cost will be about 20% less, some even 40% less.
Top Universities for Course:
- University of the Philippines – Diliman, Los Banos, and Cebu
- Ateneo de Manila University
- De La Salle University
- Asia Pacific College in Makati
- Angeles University Foundation
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Course Skills and Factors
- Analytical mind with an eye for details
- A team player
- Good knowledge of the computer
- Good understanding of system networks, how to install and configure them
- Good knowledge of the different network platforms
- The primary responsibility of a network engineer is to install computer communication systems. He is also responsible for the security and maintenance of the system. The network engineer is also the one who sets up the accounts of the users. Other duties include installing new software as well as hardware, troubleshooting and fixing problems, and performing preventive and maintenance schedules.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are always hiring Filipino network engineers. There is also a need for network engineers in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other countries that are hiring network engineers from the Philippines are Kuwait and Oman.
Entry-level network engineers usually earn about P25,000 to P35,000 monthly, and if you are highly-skilled and have experience, you could earn as much as P50,000 a month.
Opportunities for Advancement:
If you want to advance your career, then it is important that you keep yourself updated with the latest trends and current software developments in the information technology industry. There are training programs and advance courses that you can take, increasing your chances to get supervisory and managerial positions.