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Become A Computer Networker

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Working As A Computer Networker

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $81,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Networker Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Computer Networker

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Computer Analyst 3.2 years
Computer Engineer 3.1 years
Computer Assistant 2.4 years
Computer Networker 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.6%
Top Employers After
Volunteer 5.9%

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Computer Networker Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Asian

15.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Hebrew

12.5%

Arabic

12.5%
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Computer Networker Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

9.7%

Central Washington University

6.5%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

Drexel University

6.5%

Troy University

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

College of Southern Maryland

6.5%

Porter and Chester Institute

6.5%

Western Governors University

6.5%

Pasadena City College

6.5%

Winthrop University

3.2%

Saint John's University - New York

3.2%

Strayer University

3.2%

Regis University

3.2%

Remington College-Houston Campus

3.2%

Saint Petersburg College

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.2%

Palm Beach State College

3.2%

Tusculum College

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.2%

Information Technology

11.1%

Computer Networking

10.1%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Computer Engineering

8.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Business

6.1%

Computer Systems Security

4.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Economics

3.0%

Systems Engineering

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

21.3%

Associate

18.9%

Masters

16.4%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Computer Networker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network & Comp. SYS. Admins. Ca, Inc. Islandia, NY Nov 03, 2010 $115,000
Network and Computer Systems Admins MGM Mirage Las Vegas, NV Nov 13, 2009 $106,000
Network & Computer Systems ADM. Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 04, 2009 $105,000
Network and Computer Systems ADM. Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 16, 2011 $100,940 -
$125,300
Network & Computer Systems Admr. Decarta, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 01, 2008 $100,000
Network & Computer Systems Admnstrs Omega World Travel Fairfax, VA Nov 23, 2010 $96,158
Network and Computer Systems Administartors Subex Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Feb 24, 2010 $93,915
Computer Network Arcitects Americloud Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 14, 2016 $91,915
Network & Computer Systems Administ. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Apr 21, 2009 $90,000
Network and Computer Systems ADM. S.W.I.F.T., Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 18, 2010 $89,170
Network & Computer Systems Admininistrators Dyntek Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2010 $87,700
Network & Comp. Systems Admins. Secure Computing Corporation Saint Paul, MN Oct 09, 2009 $85,000 -
$95,000
Network & Computer Systems Admminis Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 08, 2010 $83,000
Network and Computer Systems HCL America, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jun 15, 2013 $82,035 -
$102,000
Computer Network Systems Reuters America LLC New York, NY May 02, 2008 $81,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminstartors Aetherpal Inc. South Plainfield, NJ May 16, 2013 $80,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminis Inovant LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Feb 02, 2011 $80,000
Computer Network Support HMW & JK Enterprises Inc. San Francisco, CA May 01, 2015 $79,306
Network&Computer Systems Administ. Merit Lancaster DBA Medical Center at Lancaster Lancaster, TX Oct 15, 2007 $78,000
Network & Comp. Systems ADM. EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 22, 2008 $76,461
Network & Computer Systems Administr Yahoo! Inc. Burbank, CA Jul 19, 2010 $76,006
Network and Computer Sustem Adnimistrator American Business Solutions, Inc. Kansas City, MO Nov 12, 2012 $70,012
Network Computer Systems ADM Vedicsoft Solutions Inc. Iselin, NJ Mar 26, 2010 $68,036
Network & Comp. SYS. ADM. Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Sep 27, 2012 $66,435
Network and Computer Systems Adminisrtator Savin Technologies, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 23, 2013 $66,290
Network & Comp. Syst. Admins. Qualcomm, Inc. San Diego, CA May 19, 2010 $60,466 -
$83,700
Network and Computer System Adminstratior Smart Information Management Systems Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Computer Network Revision Technologies Inc. NJ Feb 01, 2014 $60,000 -
$70,000
Network and Computer Systems ADM. ISHI Systems Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 11, 2007 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Networker

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer
  3. Computer Networks
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  • Provided PC/laptop and software hybrid support to Windows XP/2000/NT/98/95 and IBM AS400 users.
  • Performed a wide variety of computer repair and network installations for local businesses and individuals.
  • Install, maintain, and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, and system software.
  • Executed socket program to implement Connection Oriented(TCP) and Connection-less (UDP) communication between two PCs.
  • Contracted for Refresh Project and coordinated internal moves and new user setup.

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Top 10 Best States for Computer Networkers

  1. Maryland
  2. Connecticut
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Virginia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Hampshire
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  8. Georgia
  9. New Jersey
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