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Working As A Data Systems 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

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Technician Career Paths

Data Systems Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Consultant
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Technical Support Specialist
Senior Technical Support Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Senior Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer
Senior Support Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Registered Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Help Desk Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Systems Operator 4.0 years
Technician 2.7 years
Server Technician 2.2 years
Junior Technician 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Data Systems Technician
Technician 7.8%
Clerk 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Top Careers After Data Systems Technician
Technician 3.6%
Owner 3.2%

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Top Skills for A Data Systems Technician

  1. Computer System
  2. Windows XP
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Consolidated nonfunctional computer systems for parts to better enhance performance on functioning computer systems.
  • Provided end-user support for computer assets using Windows XP/Windows 7 as well as peripheral devices.
  • Performed preventive and corrective maintenance on all Interior Communications equipment totaling over 40 hours of preventative maintenance a week.
  • Created, maintained, and troubleshot user accounts.
  • Conducted simulated combat situations to ensure proper reactions and utilization of computer systems crisis mode.

Data Systems Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

14.3%

Swahili

7.1%

Persian

7.1%

Navajo

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%
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Data Systems Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Tidewater Community College

6.7%

Ohio State University

5.6%

Troy University

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

Colorado Technical University

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Western Governors University

3.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.3%

American University

3.3%

New Mexico State University

3.3%

Park University

3.3%

National University

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Indian River State College

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Richland College

3.3%

Ohio University -

2.2%

Central Texas College

2.2%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Information Technology

13.7%

Electrical Engineering

12.8%

Computer Science

11.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Management Information Systems

4.5%

General Studies

4.2%

Computer Networking

3.3%

Education

3.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Communication

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

33.8%

Bachelors

29.9%

Associate

16.4%

Masters

14.1%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.6%
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