7 emerging network jobs that could boost your career

The relatively stable world of enterprise networking has undergone quite a bit of upheaval over the past few years. As a result, networking professionals with traditional job titles have assumed new responsibilities, and entirely new job titles have emerged.

Key trends reshaping the jobs of network professionals include increased adoption of cloud services; the push for more automation of business processes; and the rise of technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN), SD-WAN, Internet of Things (IoT), secure access service edge (SASE), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and edge computing.

Traditional roles such as network administrator, network manager, and network architect are still relevant and in demand, says Jeff Weber, executive director in the technology practice at talent solutions provider Robert Half. But newer positions in areas such as cloud administration, cloud architecture and site-reliability engineering are hot, he says.

“Clearly, the acceleration of cloud adoption and edge computing is increasing and pervasive,” Weber says. “While the functional role and title doesn’t always change, the skills required for the role reflect the trend.”

The ongoing surge in cloud services is having a major influence on networking jobs. In February, Gartner reported that enterprise IT spending on public cloud computing will overtake spending on traditional IT by 2025. Almost two thirds of spending on application software will be directed toward cloud technologies in 2025, the firm said.

Edge computing, which impacts how networks are built and managed, is also gaining momentum. A January IDC report said worldwide spending on edge computing is expected to be $ 176 billion in 2022, an increase of 15 percent over 2021.

Copyright © 2022 IDG Communications, Inc.

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