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Working As A Network Systems Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $107,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Systems Consultant 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 Systems Consultant

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 Systems Consultant Career Paths

Network Systems Consultant
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Network Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Systems Consultant
Consultant 5.1%
Top Careers After Network Systems Consultant
Consultant 7.5%
Architect 2.3%
Owner 2.1%

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Network Systems Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Unknown

6.4%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Carrier

37.5%

French

12.5%

Network Systems Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.5%

More Tech Institute

7.5%

Arizona State University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

6.0%

Capella University

6.0%

The Academy

6.0%

Drexel University

4.5%

Ohio University -

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Syracuse University

3.0%

Avtech Institute of Technology

3.0%

Washington State University

3.0%

Loyola University Maryland

3.0%

Western Governors University

3.0%

Barry University

3.0%

Temple University

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%

Cameron University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.0%

Business

16.3%

Computer Information Systems

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Information Technology

9.2%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Computer Networking

4.7%

Information Systems

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Mathematics

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

21.9%

Other

20.5%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Highest Network Systems Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Network Systems Consultant Bluewater Communications Group LLC Iselin, NJ Jan 20, 2011 $150,000
Network Systems Consultant OSS-Integrators, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Feb 18, 2013 $99,600
Network Systems Consultant OSS-Integrators, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Oct 15, 2014 $99,000
Network Systems Consultant BT Ins, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Mar 22, 2010 $95,000 -
$125,000
Network Systems Consultant OSS-Integrators, Inc. Kirkland, WA Oct 07, 2011 $90,000
Network Systems Consultant OSS-Integrators, Inc. Kirkland, WA Oct 15, 2011 $90,000
Network System Consultant Netxar Technologies, Inc. San Juan, PR Sep 24, 2014 $77,000
Network System Consultant Netxar Technologies, Inc. San Juan, PR Sep 24, 2013 $70,000
Network System Consultant Netxar Technologies, Inc. San Juan, PR Sep 24, 2012 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Network Systems Consultant

  1. Windows XP
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Convert Microsoft Windows XP to Vista or Win 7 though a fresh installation, update or server deployment.
  • Consulted on Managed Security Service Provider solutions for a large enterprise infrastructure migration into cloud and virtual environments.
  • Provide on-site project management and technical support.
  • Manage a system of servers, routers, firewalls, facilitating necessary security applications.
  • Performed Active Directory manipulation and configuration of user accounts as well as file and folder permissions.

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