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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

  • $84,142

    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 Career Paths

Network Consultant
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Consultant Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Associate 2.7 years
Network Consultant 2.0 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.0%
Internship 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.1%
Owner 2.1%

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Network Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

85.6%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

Carrier

15.5%

German

6.0%

French

6.0%

Arabic

4.8%

Chinese

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Japanese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Cheyenne

2.4%

Russian

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Sami

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%
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Network Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

Western Governors University

6.5%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

George Mason University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Villanova University

3.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Wayne State University

3.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.0%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Computer Science

16.3%

Electrical Engineering

10.0%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

9.3%

Computer Networking

7.7%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Project Management

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%

Finance

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Economics

1.4%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.3%

Other

23.0%

Masters

18.1%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

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

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Routers
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  • Migrated PCs from Windows 98 to Windows XP or 2000, including organizing and implementing staff training to increase user adaptability.
  • Consulted with several other businesses regarding needs analysis and requirements for network hardware and microcomputers.
  • Performed all troubleshooting concerning routers and T1s for customer cell sites and for field test teams in a 24x7 NOC environment.
  • Designed initial network infrastructure including networks, firewalls, applications servers, database servers and authentication server.
  • Implemented new procedures for upgrading or removing Y2K non-compliant infrastructure.

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