Network architects earn more on average than other roles within networking, according to a new report from recruitment firm Robert Half.

According to the report, network architects can expect to earn up to $190,000, which is significantly ahead of wireless network engineers, the second-highest earning function, with a salary of up to $168,750.

The next two high earners within networking are networking manager on $157,250 and network engineer earning up to $151,750.

The report contained good news for those worried that automation could cause job losses in their area:

“The conversation around the effect of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs has grown louder. This is the case in the tech industry as much as it is in other sectors. While it is true these forces have the potential to disrupt some IT roles as we know them, the result will likely be a shift in the types of skills necessary to do specific jobs, rather than an elimination of those jobs altogether. As a result, many employers seek IT professionals who not only take the initiative to keep pace with technology but also do so on their own time. That commitment demonstrates a candidate’s passion for IT.”

The report also goes on to cover the skills and certifications most in demand.

“Skills and certifications enhance the marketability of the professionals who hold them. In fact, employers may increase salaries five to ten per cent for professionals who have certain in-demand abilities. The certifications and skills listed are among the most commonly sought by employers,” it said.

Under networking and telecommunications, the report listed Cisco network administration, LINUX / UNIX Administration, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) administration, and Windows 7 and 10 skills as those most in demand.

Whilst Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system, the Windows 7 platform remains the world’s dominant desktop platform, with around 46.33 per cent of market share, according to the latest figures from netmarketshare.com. This compares with 28.65 per cent for Windows 10.