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Working As A Network Field 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

  • $95,983

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Field 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 Field 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 Field Technician Career Paths

Network Field Technician
Technical Support Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Specialist Network Technician Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Network Technician Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Operation Technician Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Network Operation Technician Network Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Specialist Network Administrator Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technician Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Operator 3.0 years
Field Technician 2.3 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.8%
Installer 2.2%
Top Employers After
Technician 2.9%

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Network Field Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.5%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

Hindi

15.8%

Carrier

10.5%

Bengali

10.5%

Urdu

10.5%

Swedish

5.3%

French

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%
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Network Field Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Western Governors University

5.2%

Temple University

5.2%

Villanova University

5.2%

University of South Florida

5.2%

University of California - Riverside

5.2%

Southern Technical College

5.2%

Fort Hays State University

5.2%

Clinton Technical School

3.4%

University of the District of Columbia

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%

Katharine Gibbs School

3.4%

Bellevue College

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

New River Community College

3.4%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Networking

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

13.1%

Information Technology

13.1%

Computer Science

11.6%

Business

9.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Information Systems

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Communication

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Education

2.6%

General Studies

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Medical Technician

1.1%

Computer Systems Security

1.1%

Computer Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.6%

Other

30.7%

Associate

22.9%

Certificate

6.1%

Masters

5.8%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Network Field Technician

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  1. Computer
  2. Routers
  3. Fiber
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Present Field Work: * Set up and break down computer workstations, printers and associated hardware as per customers specifications.
  • Installed Cisco & Juniper routers and switches as well as installing Aruba Wireless Access Points, cradle-points and Cisco VOIP phones.
  • Worked with FSC, Fiber Solution Center in handling problematic situations, requiring delicate interaction with customers and extensive trouble-shooting.
  • Maintain detailed activity logs; update network documentation; prepare detailed reports of events which negatively impact customer service.
  • Researched and resolved hardware and software network and PC issues, including virus clean-up, both in-house and at client locations.

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