Are you someone that's interested in assisting organization's designing and maintaining their networks? If so, then consider a career as an Infrastructure Engineer.
What do I need to know to become an Infrastructure Analyst?
What is an Infrastructure Analyst?
As an Infrastructure Analyst, you will work to ensure that a company's network is built to align with the organization's goals. This could include conducting preventative maintenance, configuring networks and servers, analyzing network traffic, documenting networking activities, monitoring connectivity and possibly resolving end-user issues.
Is a career as an Infrastructure Analyst worth it?
Yes especially if you are interested in specializing in all things IT systems and networks. Prior to my career change, networking was my area of choice as I found understanding how networks are monitored and maintained fascinating especially while working in Desktop Support.
According to Zippia, the average Infrastructure Analyst salary - $106k. *depending on years of experience
What do I need to get started as an Infrastructure Analyst?
Just like many IT roles, a bachelor's degree in IT or a related field seems to be the standard qualification; however, not having an IT degree would not omit you from finding this a rewarding career. If you have at least two years of IT experience from being a system administrator, IT Support Specialist, or network administrator this could be a great pivot for you. But, if you don't have a degree or previous experience, you can begin building your portfolio by taking courses that will provide you with a basic understanding of IT such as networks, firewalls, servers, information security and etc. to help you gain foundational and real-world experience. These courses could be in the form of boot camps, internships, volunteer opportunities, or through Coursera, Kevtech IT Support on YouTube, and Udemy.
Certifications to consider: (click on the link to learn more).
There are many great resources to aid you in determining if this is the career for you. But, the most undefeated resource is finding professionals that work in this specific area of IT. You can connect with these individuals on LinkedIn, discord communities or attend any of the IT events that are occurring throughout the year.