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Working As A Network Systems Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Systems Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Network Systems Specialist
Network Technician Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Services Manager Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Systems Support 2.7 years
Network Assistant 2.0 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Systems Specialist
Technician 2.3%
Programmer 2.3%
Top Careers After Network Systems Specialist
Consultant 4.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Stallings Elementary School
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Network Systems Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Systems Specialist in the United States is $67,077 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

Real Network Systems Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network System Engineer Specialist Diversant LLC Pennington, NJ Dec 26, 2016 $135,655 -
$156,525
Network Systems Specialist Principal Conexant Systems, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Jan 26, 2012 $104,000
Network Systems Specialist II Siemens PLM Software Inc. Dublin, OH Jun 13, 2011 $88,000
Network Systems Specialist II Siemens PLM Software Inc. Grand Prairie, TX Nov 18, 2011 $88,000
Network Systems Specialist II Siemens PLM Software Inc. Milford, OH Jun 14, 2014 $82,950 -
$95,000
Network Systems Specialist Corona-Norco Unified School District Norco, CA Aug 15, 2016 $82,680
Network Systems Specialist Zero2LLC Ridgefield, NJ Oct 16, 2015 $73,674
Network System Specialist Corona-Norco Unified School District Norco, CA Feb 15, 2015 $73,671
Supervisor Network Systems Specialist Corona-Norco Unified School District Norco, CA Mar 18, 2015 $73,671
Network Systems Specialist Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo, NY Sep 14, 2012 $70,703
Network System Specialist Eidos Energy Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 20, 2015 $69,372
Network & Data System Specialist EMAX Solution, Inc. San Gabriel, CA Jul 03, 2012 $67,018
Network System Specialist Eidos Energy Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 20, 2015 $64,050
Network Systems Specialist Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo, NY Sep 14, 2009 $63,822
Network/Desktop Systems Specialist McKesson Corporation Livonia, MI Aug 15, 2012 $62,566 -
$78,200
Network System Specialist Corona-Norco Unified School District Norco, CA Sep 01, 2014 $61,713
System Specialist-Networking Blueline Software Services, Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 10, 2014 $60,000
Network Systems Specialist Zero2, LLC Ridgefield, NJ May 16, 2013 $58,728
Network System Specialist Eidos Energy Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 20, 2015 $57,956
Network Systems Specialist H Mart Edison LLC Edison, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $56,620
Network Analyst/Systems Specialist Xyken, LLC. Vienna, VA Aug 15, 2016 $53,427

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Top Skills for A Network Systems Specialist

  1. Hardware Issues
  2. Network Services
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored and provided diagnostic support for server software and hardware issues.
  • Installed, configured, and maintained network services to include both hardware and software.
  • Support and maintain Microsoft Operating Systems, Windows 7, Windows XP, Microsoft 2003, 2007 and 2010.
  • Sole Network Administrator for Travel Agency - 300 Microsoft Windows Clients, 4 NT servers, and 6 CISCO Routers 2500/2600.
  • Support print server and 32 HPLexmark and IBM network printers for office.

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  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Texas
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Washington
  8. New Jersey
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Network Systems Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

80.3%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Portuguese

16.7%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Korean

8.3%
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Network Systems Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Strayer University

9.9%

Capella University

7.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

Mountain View College

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.2%

Alabama State University

4.2%

Montgomery College

4.2%

The Academy

4.2%

Santa Fe Community College

2.8%

Grantham University

2.8%

New York University

2.8%

University of Northern Iowa

2.8%

Our Lady of the Lake University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.9%

Computer Information Systems

14.5%

Business

13.8%

Information Technology

9.6%

Electrical Engineering

7.4%

Computer Networking

6.4%

Information Systems

3.9%

Communication

3.9%

Computer Systems Security

3.5%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Computer Programming

2.5%

Management

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Biology

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.3%

Other

25.9%

Associate

16.9%

Masters

13.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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