Information Technology Careers | Network Reliability Engineer

Network Reliability Engineer

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Network and Systems Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Network Reliability Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $102,168

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $105,153

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Builds, develops and implements software and systems to improve reliability, performance and operations of complex computer networks. Evaluate products and services to prevent and identify problems that impact network availability.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina196+7.5%
Nationwide2401+6.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Network Reliability Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Python: Python is a widely used high-level programming language for general-purpose programming, created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991.
  • Reliability Engineering Studies: Working experience of Reliability Engineering Studies, which is a sub-discipline of systems engineering that emphasizes dependability in the lifecycle management of a product. Dependability, or reliability, describes the ability of a system or component to function under stated conditions for a specified period of time. Reliability is closely related to availability, which is typically described as the ability of a component or system to function at a specified moment or interval of time.
  • Linux: Linux (pronounced LIN-ks or, less frequently, LYN-ks) is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution.
  • Ansible: Working experience of Ansible, which is software that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deploymen. It is included as part of the Fedora distribution of Linux, owned by Red Hat Inc., and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Scientific Linux and Oracle Linux via Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) as well as for other operating systems.
  • Kubernetes: Working experience of Kubernetes. Kubernetes (commonly referred to as K8s) is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications that was originally designed by Google and now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It aims to provide a platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Network Reliability Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS): Working experience with one or many of Amazon's cloud computing platforms. These platforms allows subscribers to have at their disposal a full-fledged virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the Internet.
  • AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): Working experience of AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which provides scalable computing capacity in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, thereby reducing the need to invest in hardware.
  • Linux Scripting: Working experience of Linux Scripting, which refers to writing the shell script for a Linux operating system. A shell script is a text file that contains a sequence of commands. A shell in a Linux operating system takes input from the user in the form of commands, processes it, and then gives an output. It is the interface through which a user works on the programs, commands, and scripts. A shell is accessed by a terminal which runs it. When the user runs the terminal, the Shell issues a command prompt (usually $).
  • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL, often simply Postgres, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance.
  • Golang (Go Programming Language): Working experience of Golang (Go Programming Language), which is a programming language created at Google in 2009. It is a compiled, statically typed language in the tradition of Algol and C, with garbage collection, limited structural typing, memory safety features and CSP-style concurrent programming features added. The compiler and other language tools originally developed by Google are all free and open source.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years23%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years20%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Reliability Engineer
  • Senior Reliability Engineer
  • Associate Software Engineer Site Reliability/Devsecops
  • Allo Network Reliability Engineer
  • Site Reliability/Infrastructure Engineer

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