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Working As A Network Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant jobs

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Network Consultant Career Paths

Network Consultant
Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Consultant Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Vmware Consultant 2.0 years
Network Consultant 2.0 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Network Contractor 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Internship 2.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.0%
Owner 2.4%

Network Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

85.6%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

73.9%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.5%

Carrier

12.8%

French

7.4%

Chinese

6.4%

German

6.4%

Arabic

4.3%

Mandarin

3.2%

Cheyenne

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Sami

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Serer

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%
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Network Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Western Governors University

7.1%

More Tech Institute

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.4%

George Mason University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%

New York University

2.9%

Villanova University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Computer Science

15.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Information Technology

9.4%

Computer Networking

8.1%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Information Systems

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.2%

Engineering

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Finance

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Communication

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Other

23.1%

Masters

17.1%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Network Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Consultant Taos Mountain LLC Contra Costa Centre, CA Sep 21, 2016 $160,000
Network Consultant Taos Mountain LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Network Consultant Taos Mountain Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 24, 2015 $155,000
Kernel, Networking & Distributed Systems Engineer Acelio, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 13, 2015 $125,000
Network Engineering Consultant Dell USA L.P. Plano, TX Dec 14, 2015 $118,450
Network Engineering Consultant Dell USA LP Plano, TX Dec 01, 2016 $118,450
Network Consultant Accenture LLP Arlington, VA Sep 22, 2016 $115,086
Network Support Consultant Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. NY Sep 15, 2012 $115,000
Network Engineering Consultant Dell USA, LP Plano, TX Apr 29, 2013 $115,000
Voice Network Consultant Convergys Corporation Dallas, TX Apr 27, 2015 $114,005
Converged Network Consultant Accenture LLP RI Jul 22, 2011 $104,300
Principal Network Consultant Vt Idirect, Inc. VT Sep 11, 2012 $102,231
Principal Network Consultant Vt Idirect, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 11, 2012 $102,231
Network Consultant Accenture LLP Arlington, VA Oct 19, 2015 $101,800
Network Consultant Aricent Technologies (Holdings) Ltd. Parkton, NC Sep 03, 2015 $93,787 -
$118,787
Network Consultant Accenture LLP Atlanta, GA Nov 27, 2013 $92,900
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jun 23, 2015 $92,872
Consultant Network Operations (Network Engineer) MCI Communications Services, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 25, 2012 $91,151
Network Consultant Telecomgateway LLC Frisco, TX Jul 26, 2016 $90,000
Network Consultant Telecomgateway LLC Frisco, TX Jul 22, 2016 $86,000
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Aug 15, 2011 $75,000 -
$85,000
Intermediate Network Consultant Vt Idirect, Inc. Herndon, VA Dec 15, 2012 $73,924
Network Consultant Dataprise, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 30, 2016 $73,000
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2013 $73,000 -
$87,500
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Oct 23, 2013 $73,000 -
$87,500
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jan 03, 2012 $72,000 -
$85,000
Network Administration Consultant Doyensys, Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 03, 2015 $71,000
Network Consultant American Technology Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jan 18, 2013 $70,000 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Network Consultant

WindowsServerHardwareSeriesRoutersFirewallsNetworkInfrastructureLan/WanRemoteAccessVPNDesktopSupportActiveDirectoryPCWindowsNTSetupTroubleshootTcp/IpInternetWebTechnicalSupportNetworkDesignEmail

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Top Network Consultant Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Hardware
  3. Series Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot Windows server and operating systems.
  • Performed hardware evaluations on PC's, flat screen monitors, etc.
  • Configured, and implemented redundant backbone routers using Catalyst 7200 series routers.
  • Perform installation of network equipment to include router, switches, firewalls, and PCs.
  • Analyzed and documented existing network infrastructure.

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