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Working As A LAN 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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A LAN 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 LAN 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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LAN Technician Career Paths

LAN Technician
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
LAN Administrator Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
LAN Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
LAN Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Technical Support Specialist Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Analyst 3.5 years
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
Pc/Lan Analyst 3.3 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
LAN Technician 3.0 years
Junior Technician 1.7 years
Top Careers Before LAN Technician
Technician 5.0%
Top Careers After LAN Technician
Technician 3.5%
Manager 3.0%

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Top Skills for A LAN Technician

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Windows XP
  3. Network Printers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Documented and maintained the computer hardware and software environment as necessary.
  • Provide 3rd tier end user desktop and network support for approximately 3000 end users in a Windows XP environment.
  • Perform punch downs for patch panel connections, installing and configuring workstations, network printers.
  • Provided help-desk support for digital connectivity.
  • Supplied technical expertise to support optimal network functionality and availability for 3000+ desktop computers in a high-productivity setting.

LAN Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.1%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

French

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

Vietnamese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Dutch

6.7%

Norwegian

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Urdu

6.7%

Korean

6.7%

Gujarati

6.7%
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LAN Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.6%

Community College of the Air Force

8.2%

Strayer University

8.2%

Colorado Technical University

8.2%

Villanova University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Western Governors University

5.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%

New England Institute of Technology

3.1%

Computer Training Academy

3.1%

DePaul University

3.1%

Purdue University

3.1%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.1%

MTI College

2.1%

Eastern Washington University

2.1%

Brevard Community College

2.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.7%

Computer Information Systems

14.3%

Business

11.9%

Information Technology

10.0%

Computer Networking

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Information Systems

3.8%

Project Management

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

General Studies

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Finance

1.4%

Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.1%

Other

22.4%

Associate

20.8%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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