If you like to build, design, and implement technologies, then you may enjoy network architecture as a career. Network architects tend to be a bit more senior in their field so they've been doing some type of network administration and support position for years. A network architect will be approached to design a network solution for a new environment - so let's say a new Cloud instance to connect to your current environment, or if your company recently acquired another company and you need to make the two networks talk. You will specify what equipment will be needed based on requirements, detail how and where the traffic needs to flow, and usually offer up security options to make your security and compliance team happy. In larger companies, you may not be implementing the solution directly, you may be overseeing a team of network engineers. In smaller companies, you may be doing all of this. Cloud infrastructure has created new technologies and solutions for networking so Network Architects also need to stay current of these technologies and learn how to work with them.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
- Check out this free course to get an introduction into networking if you haven't already: https://www.udemy.com/course/introduction-to-networking-for-complete-beginners/