How to Become a Wireless Network Engineer

Network Engineer

Wireless network engineers just might need agents in the coming year. According to our 2016 Salary Guide, they can expect a 9.7 percent increase in starting pay, ranging from $108,750-$150,750, which is the highest increase in starting salary of all IT jobs in our guide!

There are a variety of reasons for the increase in demand for these IT pros, but the push toward wireless offices and growth of mobile application development, which requires testing mobile apps in a wireless environment, are a few reasons for the increased starting pay.

Wireless network engineers need these skills

If you're interested in becoming a wireless network engineer, strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential, and you need to be knowledgeable about all aspects of network technology. Possessing a background in wireless equipment, standards, protocols and WLAN design is considered ideal.

Candidates also must be strong communicators in order to collaborate successfully with network technicians, vendors and managers. Employers typically look for a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related field (or equivalent work experience), plus five or more years in LAN/WAN engineering and design work, including several years specializing in wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, WiMax and WAP. Professional certifications such as the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) also are valuable.

Typical duties for a wireless network engineer include:

• Researching, designing and implementing wireless networks, including all engineering specifications and resource requirements for network hardware and software
• Making recommendations for wireless network optimization, additions and upgrades to meet business requirements
• Conducting and documenting radio frequency (RF) coverage and site surveys
• Documenting network infrastructure and design

Wireless network engineers aren't the only IT pros in demand: Check out the other top-paying IT jobs for 2016

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