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Working As A Network Manager

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

  • Repetitive

  • $96,137

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Manager 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 Manager

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 Manager Career Paths

Network Manager
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Services Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
Network Supervisor 3.7 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 4.0%
Consultant 3.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.2%
Manager 4.8%

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Network Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Female

16.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.6%

Carrier

9.5%

French

8.1%

Portuguese

6.1%

Mandarin

4.7%

Italian

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Cheyenne

2.7%

German

2.0%

Hebrew

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Persian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Khmer

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Network Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.5%

University of Maryland - University College

6.0%

Strayer University

5.5%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Capella University

4.3%

Park University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

George Washington University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Villanova University

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

Colorado Technical University

2.7%

Southern Methodist University

2.7%

Purdue University

2.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.7%

Western Governors University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

22.1%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

10.4%

Information Technology

8.4%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Management

4.7%

Computer Networking

4.7%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Project Management

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Finance

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Accounting

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

21.8%

Other

20.1%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.0%
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Real Network Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Manager, Optical Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 07, 2016 $210,000
Network Systems Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $154,440 -
$191,000
Manager, Networks BAHA Industries Corp. DBA Open Systems Technologies New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $133,723
Manager, Network Automation Architecture Internap Corporation Atlanta, GA Apr 15, 2016 $130,125
Manager, Networks Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Sep 05, 2016 $129,334
Manager, Network Systems Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Daly City, CA Oct 31, 2016 $122,949
Network Manager Universal Electronics, Inc. Santa Ana, CA May 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$130,000
Manager-Global Network Technologies American Express TRS, Company Inc. Phoenix, AZ Apr 28, 2014 $115,000
Network Systems MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 01, 2014 $111,509 -
$164,900
Specialist Network Manager Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jan 06, 2016 $110,076
Network Manager Access Bio, Inc. Somerset, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $106,600
Manager Network Team Open Text, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 23, 2014 $105,000
Payments Network Manager Transaction Network Services, Inc. Reston, VA Mar 03, 2016 $103,251
Network Manager Aetherpal, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Aug 28, 2015 $93,000
Network and Systems Manager Orange Business Services U.S., Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 11, 2014 $92,803
Network (IS) Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Nov 22, 2012 $91,000
Network Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Oct 25, 2010 $91,000
Network Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Oct 25, 2011 $91,000
Transportation Network Manager Newgistics, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 19, 2011 $90,700
Manager, Telecom/Network System Western Network USA Ltd NY Feb 10, 2009 $90,075
Manager-Network Policy & Process American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2013 $90,000
Manager, Logistics Information Network Emerson Electric Co. Saint Louis, MO Jan 21, 2011 $76,856 -
$98,000
Manager, Research & Analytics-Ivillage Networks NBC Universal, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $75,171 -
$95,000
Network Manager Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 18, 2012 $75,000
Network Manager Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc. Columbus, OH Nov 29, 2011 $75,000
Supply Network Manager VHA Inc. Irving, TX Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Network Manager Nexsen Pruet, LLC Columbia, SC Aug 30, 2011 $74,422
Network Manager Hillis Adjustment Agency, Inc. Bensalem, PA May 01, 2013 $73,000

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Top Skills for A Network Manager

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Network Hardware
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  • Coordinated customer service needs for approximately 1300 participating providers and support staff through effective communication and interaction with other SHP departments.
  • Directed and administered all internal infrastructure for this wireless software developer and maker of the Wireless MD Medical Data Retrieval System.
  • Consulted with customers to determine network hardware and software requirements, and calculated approximate installation time requirements for quotation purposes.
  • Redesigned remote plant connectivity and remote access capability to support corporate network activities.
  • Completed post-acquisition redesign and integration of firewalls, networks, and routers to assimilate geographically dispersed offices into corporate network design.

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