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Working As A Lead Network Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $97,564

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Network Specialist 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 Lead Network Specialist

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
Network Supervisor 3.7 years
Network Operator 3.0 years
Network Integrator 2.8 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Lead Network Specialist
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Lead Network Specialist
Manager 5.6%
Consultant 4.4%

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Lead Network Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

82.9%

Female

15.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

German

20.0%

Portuguese

20.0%

Carrier

20.0%
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Lead Network Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

Community College of the Air Force

5.9%

City University of Seattle

5.9%

University of California - Irvine

5.9%

Wayne State University

5.9%

Western Governors University

5.9%

Mississippi State University

5.9%

University of Louisville

5.9%

Delaware County Community College

5.9%

Cochise College

5.9%

New York University

5.9%

University of Oklahoma

2.9%

Columbus State Community College

2.9%

Western Illinois University

2.9%

Manhattan College

2.9%

Barton College

2.9%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.9%

Stanford University

2.9%

Montclair State University

2.9%

Laredo Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

21.1%

Computer Science

13.3%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Information Technology

8.9%

Computer Networking

7.8%

Management Information Systems

5.6%

Management

3.3%

Project Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Medical Technician

1.1%

Biblical Studies

1.1%

Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Other

27.3%

Masters

14.5%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

1.8%
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Top Skills for A Lead Network Specialist

  1. Computer
  2. Windows XP
  3. Appropriate Service Levels
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  • Provide day-to-day technical support and assist in Computer Certification Activities and Install wiring for Computer Communication.
  • Assist users in connectivity/software issues with Solaris, Windows XP/2000/2003 operating systems.
  • Install, configure, maintain, diagnose, and troubleshoot PC software and hardware in a Microsoft Windows AD Domain environment.
  • Provided second level technical support for technicians, organized and managed inventory, managed and lead project teams.
  • Managed and executed the installation, configuration, testing, monitoring and troubleshooting various equipment, workstations, circuits and networks.

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