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Working As A Network Systems Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $56,506

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Systems Analyst Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become A Network Systems Analyst

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Network Systems Analyst Career Paths

Network Systems Analyst
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
LAN Analyst 3.4 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Systems Support 3.1 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
NOC Analyst 1.9 years
Network Contractor 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.3%
Programmer 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%
Analyst 2.4%

Network Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

85.1%

Female

12.8%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

French

11.1%

Persian

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Sami

5.6%

Turkish

5.6%

Hebrew

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Greek

5.6%

Cheyenne

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%

Italian

5.6%
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Network Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.7%

Villanova University

5.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.3%

DePaul University

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach

3.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.3%

Tarleton State University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Centura College

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

Kent State University

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

13.9%

Information Technology

11.1%

Computer Networking

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Project Management

2.5%

Computer Systems Security

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Management

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Telecommunications Management

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Marketing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Other

19.6%

Masters

18.5%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Real Network Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Network Admin/System Analyst/Network Support Specialist Greycell Labs Inc. Edison, NJ Feb 08, 2016 $129,000
Computer Network Admin/System Analyst/Network Support Specialist Greycell Labs Inc. Edison, NJ Aug 24, 2016 $129,000
Network/Telecom Systems Analyst-It Oracle America, Inc. CA Nov 14, 2016 $125,382 -
$173,048
SR. Network Management Systems Analyst ESPN Technology Services, Inc. Bristol, CT Jan 04, 2016 $112,026
Network Protocols and Systems Analyst Virtual Instruments Corporation San Jose, CA May 11, 2016 $109,500
Computer Network/Systems Analyst Randstad Technologies, LP Cedar Rapids, IA Jan 10, 2016 $109,224
Computer Network/Systems Analyst Randstad Technologies, LP Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 11, 2015 $109,224
Senior Network Management Systems Analyst ESPN Technology Services, Inc. Bristol, CT Apr 01, 2013 $101,290
Network/Telecom Systems Analyst Oracle America, Inc. Denver, CO Aug 23, 2016 $99,694 -
$155,743
Senior Network Systems Analyst/Administrator Client Network Services, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 12, 2013 $97,917
Computer Network/Systems Analyst Randstad Technologies, LP Irving, TX Oct 09, 2016 $97,386
Network Systems Analyst III BB&T Corporation Wilson, NC Aug 16, 2016 $96,143
Network Systems Analyst Standav Corp. F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 14, 2015 $75,005
Network Systems Analyst Netcom Systems, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $74,650
Computer Network System Analyst First TEK Dos LLC Garland, TX Jan 11, 2015 $72,218
Network and Systems Analyst Inphonex.Com, LLC. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2013 $72,000
Network System Analyst/Network Specialist Softential, Inc. Sandy Springs, GA May 27, 2014 $70,000
Network Systems Analyst Standav Corp. Milpitas, CA Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Network Systems Analyst Bodhtree Solutions, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2013 $70,000
Network Systems Analyst Bodhtree Solutions, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2013 $70,000
Network Systems Analyst Iementor Corp. Mequon, WI Sep 05, 2014 $65,000
Network Systems Analyst Iementor Corp. Mequon, WI Dec 22, 2016 $65,000
Network Systems Analyst Vinakom Communications Inc. Schaumburg, IL Nov 01, 2014 $65,000
Network Systems Analyst Muzaffar Mirza DDS LLC DBA Taylor Dental Center Chicago, IL Oct 22, 2014 $64,460
Network Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Chandler, AZ Jan 25, 2013 $64,000
Computer/Network System Analyst FMK Network Inc. NY Aug 06, 2015 $63,299
Network Systems Analyst Smart Information Management Systems, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Sep 20, 2015 $63,000
Network Systems Analyst Scarlet Wireless, Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 30, 2015 $63,000

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Top Skills for A Network Systems Analyst

WindowsServerComputerHardwareRemoteSitesActiveDirectoryBackupRoutersPCLan/WanWindowsNTDeskSupportDatabaseVPNTroubleshootSetupTechnicalSupportDNSUnixDomainInternetEmail

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Top Network Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Remote Sites
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Build, maintain, and back up Windows Servers and desktops on a large network.
  • Budget and purchase computer hardware and software for a large company.
  • Provide computer, server, and network support for local and remote sites.
  • Configured, setup, updated, troubleshot and managed the servers in our 65 server Microsoft Active Directory network server farm.
  • Manage IT production systems backup and disaster recovery.

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