As for the fields of study, it is up to one’s preferences. The usual degrees include engineering, information systems, and computer science. Since a network architect is expected to work with varied networks and technologies, additional certification is also recommended.
The MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) is another widely recognized certificate. Certificate holders design, implement, and administer Microsoft server products. MTA holders can work as Windows systems administrators, network administrators, system engineers, security analysts, technical consultants, and technical support.
Generally speaking, computer network architects are expected to have 5 to 10 years of relevant work experience in the IT industry. Usually, network architects start as system administrators, database administrators, and computer systems analysts, but this is not set in stone.
Given that any IT-related field of study is sufficient to propel one towards the career of a network architect, when it comes down to it, it is all about personal preferences. Specializations come in all shapes and sizes, and we don’t mean only certificates.
As stated above, many companies make sure to provide further education for their employees. You may expect to attend anything from workshops to training’s. As the demand is tricky to predict- due to the market changing at a rapid pace, keeping up with new trends is only natural. I.e., at the moment, cloud computing is all the rage, so many businesses invest their labors in that direction, certifying their employees in the process.
When it comes to certificates, the absolute leaders in the field are Cisco and Microsoft. The CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) credential is recognized by all companies. To such an extent, in fact, that the achievement is considered a must-have for any serious network engineer. The downside is that it is quite expensive. The upside – that your company might be willing to finance it. It is common practice in large companies to provide further education for its employees; and a Cisco engineer is always a welcome addition to any work environment.