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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

  • $88,608

    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
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Developer 3.0 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Network Contractor 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Manager 3.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.8%
Manager 4.6%

Network Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.5%

Carrier

10.3%

French

8.2%

Portuguese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Italian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

German

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Russian

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Cheyenne

2.1%

Hindi

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Khmer

0.7%
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Network Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.6%

Community College of the Air Force

7.2%

University of Maryland - University College

6.9%

Strayer University

5.7%

Capella University

4.3%

Park University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

George Mason University

3.5%

New York University

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Southern Methodist University

2.8%

Purdue University

2.8%

Villanova University

2.6%

Webster University

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.6%

University of Houston

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

22.2%

Computer Science

15.4%

Computer Information Systems

10.2%

Information Technology

8.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Management

5.0%

Computer Networking

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Project Management

2.8%

Finance

2.6%

Information Systems

2.5%

Communication

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

22.3%

Other

19.8%

Associate

10.3%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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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 Aug 16, 2015 $103,251 -
$110,000
Network and Systems Manager Orange Business Services U.S., Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 11, 2014 $92,803
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
Network (IS) Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Nov 22, 2012 $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, Networking Majescomastek Edison, NJ Feb 15, 2012 $89,904
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
Manager, Optimization Systems Network Planning American Airlines, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 15, 2016 $70,907 -
$109,004

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Top Skills for A Network Manager

CustomerServiceMicrosoftWindowsNetworkInfrastructureNetworkHardwareRemoteAccessRoutersLan/WanBackupActiveDirectoryInternetVPNWindowsNewTechnologiesWebDesktopSupportDisasterRecoveryPCFirewallVoipSQLServerTcp/Ip

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Top Network Manager Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Microsoft Windows
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed ancillary agreements to further expand the provider network to improve customer service.
  • Install Microsoft Windows based servers and applications for business critical implementations.
  • Implement and maintain the security and network infrastructure to become and abide by ISO 27001 control standards.
  • Monitored workstations for network operational issues maintained computer & network hardware.
  • Installed, configured and administered network switches, routers, Unix/Windows servers, firewalls and remote access devices.

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