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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

  • $75,670

    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 3.8 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Network Contractor 2.0 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.5%
Internship 3.5%
Engineer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%
Owner 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Installer 3.1%

Network Contractor Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

30.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

French

18.2%

Italian

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Dutch

9.1%
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Network Contractor Education

Schools

Fullerton College

7.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

7.0%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Florida Atlantic University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Lewis and Clark Community College

4.7%

University of Kentucky

4.7%

University of California - San Diego

4.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Webster University

4.7%

Western Technical College

4.7%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.7%

Saint Johns University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

York College

4.7%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

4.7%

Westwood College - Denver North

4.7%

Capital University

4.7%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Computer Science

14.4%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Computer Networking

5.6%

Information Technology

5.0%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Computer Systems Security

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Public Health

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Computer Technical Support

2.8%

Economics

2.8%

General Studies

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Law

2.8%

Music

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Other

21.2%

Masters

16.3%

Associate

15.2%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Network Contractor

WindowsXPSeriesRoutersCustomerServiceSetupProviderNetworkProviderContractsRemoteSitesTroubleshootInternetMedicareAdvantageFiberHealthPlanFirewallTcp/IpMedicaidTVPNCopperNetworkInfrastructureCitrixNovell

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Top Network Contractor Skills

  1. Windows XP
  2. Series Routers
  3. Customer Service
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.
  • Configured Cisco 2500, 2511, 7000 series routers and Adtran DSU for T1 connectivity.
  • Define and understand internal operations and external customer service requirements.
  • Configured workstations, setup user accounts in Windows NT and Microsoft Exchange, trained staff in the use of Microsoft Outlook.
  • Facilitated the development of the provider network (physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, ancillary groups & facilities, etc.)

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