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Working As A Data Center Technician

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Center Technician 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 Data Center Technician

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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Data Center Technician Career Paths

Data Center Technician
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Technician
Senior Support Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Engineering Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Senior Computer Operator Computer Operations Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Network Engineer Senior Network Analyst
Senior Network Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Data Technician 2.8 years
Server Technician 2.2 years
NOC Technician 2.1 years
Junior Technician 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Data Center Technician
Technician 8.1%
Cashier 7.5%
Internship 3.2%
Top Careers After Data Center Technician
Technician 8.3%

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Data Center Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

64.7%

Female

26.5%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.8%

Carrier

9.6%

Portuguese

6.0%

Chinese

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Mandarin

2.4%

Turkish

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

German

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

French

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Dari

1.2%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%
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Data Center Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

11.2%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

6.1%

Western Governors University

5.8%

The Academy

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Strayer University

4.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Chantilly

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Mission College

3.2%

Iowa State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

De Anza College

2.9%

Grand Valley State University

2.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

2.9%
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Majors

Information Technology

13.0%

Business

11.3%

Computer Science

10.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.1%

Computer Networking

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Medical Assisting Services

6.1%

Nursing

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Biology

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Communication

2.5%

Information Systems

2.4%

General Studies

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.7%

Other

27.6%

Associate

24.4%

Certificate

6.0%

Masters

5.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Rockford, IL
Highest Paying State
Illinois
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Data Center Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Center Technician in the United States is $67,601 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Data Center Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tech Yahoo, Data Center OPS Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 02, 2015 $106,582 -
$147,400
Tech Yahoo, Data Center OPS Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 09, 2016 $102,815 -
$142,400
Data Center Technician Apptix Austin, TX Sep 12, 2012 $55,000 -
$75,000
Data Center Technician Apptix Austin, TX Jan 03, 2010 $52,354 -
$62,026

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Top Skills for A Data Center Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Fiber Optic
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  • Service Delivery Organization is accountable for ensuring exemplary customer service and business solutions for State of Georgia's government agencies.
  • Operated computer hardware and maintained audio/visual equipment used in simulation with prioritization of the Simulation Director.
  • Install all Cat 6 and fiber optics from main distribution switch to equipment and terminate and test both ends.
  • Provided quality customer services and oriented new donors on plasma donation process.
  • Participated in a PC Refresh program, migrating all computers and software packages from Windows 2000 to Windows XP.

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