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Career Connections: Network Architect

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My name's Bryian Winner. I'm chief technical officer of Athens Computers and Multimedia Enterprises. One of the pieces of my job description is being a network architect. I've been in the IT field for over 25 years. For doing my job, you need to have a background in mathematics and science. Believe it or not, industrial arts as well. Knowing how things are built enables us to work with them. The majority of IT people have some formalized education, but much is learned in the field. It almost works like an apprenticeship. You'll work with other IT people and see them develop networks, but you'll continue education on the side constantly because with the technology changing all the time, you have to keep up with the latest developments. Though I haven't been in a school in 20 years, I still go to conferences. At the same time, I read current tech articles, so I know what's coming tomorrow. I can't focus on what used to happen. That's out of my head. This way I can stay focused on today and tomorrow. Our computing is based upon a binary choice set-- zero, one, yes, no. We've never been able to figure out the third choice--maybe. That's where you'll advance to artificial intelligence. With quantum computing, you can actually store information on a much smaller level more accurately. When you start to exploit some of the better-known sections of physics, you can use certain things, such as quantum entanglement to be able to change data over distance. While my computer here, I change a piece of data using a quantum-level network, I could change data on the other side of the galaxy at the same time. Most of your good IT people that do networking have an eye on these things. We're dealing with fiber optics, lasers, virtualized systems, building computers in the computer itself so that it exists on nothing more than the chip level that doesn't exist in reality. Keep learning constantly. If you don't know, say you don't know and ask. Learn anything and everything, whether that is using a hammer or saying hello in another language. Keep learning. Know more and you can do more. The more you can do, the more valuable you become.

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Network architects do much more than connect wires. An understanding of math and science is essential for success in this career. A background in industrial arts is also helpful for understanding how things are built. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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