Infrastructure

Infrastructure involves building and maintaining all of the devices and applications that keep us connected. Careers in technology infrastructure require an understanding of networks, systems and hardware. This field also includes security and making sure systems are online and supported at all hours of the day (because no one likes your website when it's down). As remote work becomes more common, infrastructure careers are more critical to an organization's success than ever before.

What is Infrastructure?

Ever wonder how wifi works or why some internet connections are faster than others? Do you see the increasingly connected world as a puzzle to solve? A career in technology Infrastructure might be right for you. IT infrastructure components allow businesses, organizations and homes to function.

 

Infrastructure jobs are full of problem-solvers who can assist customers and solve complex behind-the-scenes issues. Infrastructure support is also used in “Internet of Things” objects — devices connected to a network, such as remote controllers, smart thermostats, wifi-enabled doorbell cameras and much more.

 

Both physical hardware and software networks are set up to work optimally by IT leaders and managers. All businesses and organizations can benefit from a robust, interconnected IT infrastructure.

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Example Careers

Network Support Specialists

Education Requirements
Most earn a bachelor's degree.

Average Salary
The median salary for a Network Support Specialist is $56,770 per year in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, according to O*Net.


Network Support Specialists create data backup in order to prevent the loss of information. They resolve computer network issues that businesses, non-profit organizations and home users have.

Information Security Engineer

Education Requirements
Most earn a bachelor's degree.

Average Salary
In the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, the median salary for an Information Security Engineers is $80,710 per year, according to O*Net.


Information Security Engineers plan and develop policies and procedures around security. They establish safeguards and firewalls for computer networks, as their job is to protect digital files and electronic infrastructure, such as Apple's iCloud. They also help monitor computer security breaches and viruses. O*Net projects their growth to be 7 percent higher than many other jobs.

Automation Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$88k, according to ZipRecruiter


Automation engineers design, program, stimulate and test automated machinery and processes in order to complete exact tasks. They typically are employed in industries such as car manufacturing or food processing plants, where robots or machines are used to perform specific functions. In order to enter this field, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering or a similar field.

Senior Automation Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Skills Needed
Senior automation engineers should have at least several years of experience in computer engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering following a bachelor’s degree; many senior automation engineers have a master’s degree. Successful senior automation engineers typically are skilled problem-solvers, extremely thorough, and able to work effectively with others.

Average Salary


Senior automation engineers develop automation systems (hardware and/or software) to improve the efficiency of processes and infrastructure in sectors like manufacturing, energy and food processing. Their work may also include troubleshooting and testing, and they may collaborate with frontline workers or other teams to determine ways to improve workflow. They are also expected to be knowledgeable about best practices and technical innovations.

Automation Architect

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Skills Needed
To become an automation architect, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is needed, and many positions require a master’s degree. Work experience in data management and automation processes, along with business operations, is usually expected for automation architect positions. Most employers will require specific industry certifications. Automation architects should have effective communication and interpersonal skills, be good at project management, and be detail-oriented.

Average Salary


Automation architects work with an organization’s IT team, leadership and key personnel to develop, optimize and implement automation strategies. They evaluate existing systems, determine what should and should not be automated, and propose applicable solutions while considering cost benefits, efficiency, customer service and other goals and factors important to the organization. They are typically also responsible for standardization and ensuring best automation practices.

Automation Team Lead

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Skills Needed
An automation team lead usually has a bachelor’s degree, although some have a master’s degree. Employers may require specific industry certification. Automation team leads should have good interpersonal and leadership skills along with exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving ability.

Average Salary


Automation team leads oversee automations teams who test and operate automated equipment, usually in manufacturing facilities. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with company standards and projects as well as applicable reporting and record-keeping. Automation team leads are also generally responsible for identifying technical problems and finding solutions. They may also assess current operations and potential enhancements.

Consulting Automation Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Skills Needed
Automation engineers must have at least a bachelor’s degree plus several years of automation experience, usually in manufacturing. They should be good at problem-solving, detail-oriented, and able to work with different personality types in teams throughout an organization.

Average Salary


Consulting automation engineers are brought into an organization—usually on a temporary or per-project basis—to execute test automation systems. They may work closely with multiple departments to determine the most effective automation strategies and typically come into the position after gaining years of diverse experience in the sector. They may also be expected to help firms introduce the use of test automation.

Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$173k, according to Glassdoor


Touch sensor hardware engineers work on bringing up sensors for products. They work with product teams to create and review the product. They are also responsible for creating sensor systems that meet product requirements. A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is needed to enter this field.

Cloud Systems Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years work experience

Average Salary
$106k, according to ZipRecruiter


Cloud engineers are IT professionals who design, implement, and manage cloud-based systems for businesses. They develop and implement cloud-applications, migrate existing on-premise applications to the cloud, and debug cloud stacks. Cloud-based systems refer to applications, services or resources that are made available on demand via the internet. Cloud engineering is not an entry-level role. It requires three to five years of work experience on top of a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field.

Senior-level Cloud Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Skills Needed
Senior-level cloud engineers will need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and will be expected to have obtained certification from the leading cloud providers along with experience working with cloud platforms. They should be strong trouble-shooters and solution-finders plus have good social competence and communication skills for teamwork.

Average Salary


Senior-level cloud engineers introduce, develop and manage cloud platforms, which deliver computing services via the internet from storage and databases to software and analytics. Cloud engineers may be brought into an organization to help transition its computer systems and implement important internal applications such as networking and cybersecurity. They may also help an organization evaluate new cloud computing solutions or problem-solve existing concerns with cloud-based platforms.

Infrastructure Manager

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$102k, according to ZipRecruiter


The infrastructure manager is responsible for the design, installation, maintenance, ad retirement of the systems and personnel that are at the core of an organization. Qualifications for a career as an infrastructure manager include at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or related field.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

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