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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

  • $76,564

    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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Computer Networker jobs

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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.4 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
Computer Analyst 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Computer Networker 3.0 years
Computer Engineer 3.0 years
Computer Assistant 2.2 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.0%
Instructor 4.0%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.8%
Manager 3.7%
Owner 2.7%

Computer Networker Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

72.7%

Asian

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.6%

French

17.9%

Chinese

10.3%

Arabic

7.7%

German

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Turkish

2.6%

Persian

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%
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Computer Networker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

Community College of the Air Force

9.6%

Strayer University

8.2%

Porter and Chester Institute

8.2%

Troy University

6.8%

University of Maryland - University College

6.8%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Western Governors University

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Park University

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Central Washington University

2.7%

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

2.7%

Saint Joseph's University

2.7%

University of Texas at Tyler

2.7%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

2.7%

French Culinary Institute

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.2%

Information Technology

11.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.7%

Computer Networking

10.3%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Business

8.5%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Computer Systems Security

3.8%

Management

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Education

1.3%

Economics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.6%

Other

25.5%

Masters

20.2%

Associate

14.8%

Certificate

5.9%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%
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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
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 & Computer Systems Admins. The Chamberlain Group, Inc. Tucson, AZ Jul 26, 2011 $74,000
Network & Computer Systems Adminins. Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Nov 04, 2010 $70,000 -
$107,000
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
Computer Network Revision Technologies Inc. NJ Feb 01, 2014 $60,000 -
$70,000
Network and Computer System Adminstratior Smart Information Management Systems Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
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

ComputerHardwareComputerNetworkOperationsComputerSystemsCustomerServicePCSetupTroubleshootDesktopSupportLinuxInternetDatabaseActiveDirectoryWindowsXPTechnicalSupportNetworkSecurityCyberRemoteCurriculumAssuranceVulnerability

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Top Computer Networker Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Computer Network Operations
  3. Computer Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated security procedures for computer hardware, software and data communications.
  • Mentored multiple analysts in target development, Digital Network Intelligence and Computer Network Operations.
  • Diagnose and repair hardware problems, build computer systems, troubleshoot technical issues, and install software applications.
  • Monitor participation and performance from customer service to technical skills.
  • Managed 7 employees: 3 PC technicians, 2 telecommunication technicians, 2 Server/Network technicians.

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