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Working As A Network Communications 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Communications 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 Network Communications 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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Network Communications Technician Career Paths

Network Communications Technician
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Technician 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 Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Senior Technician Specialist Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technical Support Technician Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Field Technician Journeyman
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
System Technician Technical Support Specialist Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Network Operator 3.1 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Network Assistant 2.0 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Communications Technician
Technician 9.6%
Top Careers After Network Communications Technician
Technician 7.6%
Manager 6.1%
Owner 3.0%

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Network Communications Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Arabic

11.8%

Turkish

5.9%

German

5.9%

Vietnamese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Dakota

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Network Communications Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Missouri Western State University

10.8%

Austin Community College

7.7%

Community College of the Air Force

6.2%

Kaplan University

6.2%

Remington College

4.6%

American University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

University of Northern Colorado

3.1%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.1%

Central Texas College

3.1%

Chadron State College

3.1%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

3.1%

Liberty University

3.1%

Oklahoma State University

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%

Grantham University

3.1%

University of Maine at Augusta

3.1%

More Tech Institute

3.1%
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Majors

Business

13.8%

Computer Information Systems

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.9%

Computer Networking

9.2%

Information Technology

9.2%

Computer Science

8.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Communication

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Finance

2.9%

Computer Technical Support

2.9%

Psychology

2.3%

Engineering Technology

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

General Studies

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Geology

1.7%

Food And Nutrition

1.7%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.1%

Other

28.0%

Associate

19.1%

Masters

11.8%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Top Skills for A Network Communications Technician

  1. Fiber Optic
  2. Routers
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, Disconnected, and maintained dedicated customers circuits, fiber optical cable, and system hardware on NEC ADM systems.
  • Installed and configured switches/routers, IP configurations, and workstation setup / maintenance / repair.
  • Ensured that customer service standards were implemented for newly installed communication lines.
  • Provided associate level technical support during field operations related to government contracts.
  • Performed initial network connectivity and troubleshooting to solve problems.

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