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Working As A Network Contractor

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Contractor 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 Contractor

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 Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.7 years
Network Integrator 2.8 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Network Contractor 2.0 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.4%
Engineer 3.7%
Internship 3.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%
Manager 3.6%
Owner 3.0%
Installer 3.0%
Engineer 3.0%

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Network Contractor Demographics

Gender

Male

73.3%

Female

25.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Carrier

20.0%

German

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%
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Network Contractor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.7%

Fullerton College

6.7%

Florida Atlantic University

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

University of Kentucky

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Harding University

4.4%

Western Technical College

4.4%

Saint Johns University

4.4%

Towson University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

York College

4.4%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

4.4%

Westwood College - Denver North

4.4%

Benedictine University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.4%

Lewis and Clark Community College

4.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.7%

Business

13.3%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Computer Networking

8.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Information Technology

6.1%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Computer Systems Security

3.3%

Psychology

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Computer Technical Support

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Music

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

General Studies

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

22.9%

Associate

16.5%

Masters

13.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.1%
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Top Skills for A Network Contractor

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Service Calls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project: Responsible for remote troubleshooting and support of Windows XP mobility tablets and Android tablets.
  • Determine specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
  • General Manager In charge of installations, sales, service calls and administration and Warehouse departments.
  • Teamed with National Engineers and Contractors to install and configure 7609 ATM/DS3 routers deployed at the towers to optimize circuits.
  • Configured workstations, setup user accounts in Windows NT and Microsoft Exchange, trained staff in the use of Microsoft Outlook.

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