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Working As A Network Technician

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

  • Repetitive

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Network Technician
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology/Support Technician Information Systems Technician Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Analyst Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Lead Computer Operator Computer Operations Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
Network Technician 3.0 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Server Technician 2.2 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Technician
Technician 5.1%
Internship 2.5%
Consultant 2.3%
Top Careers After Network Technician
Consultant 3.6%
Technician 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$51,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Annapolis, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Network Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Technician in the United States is $65,308 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Network Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Analyst Visa Technology and Operations, LLC Mar 13, 2019 $105,575 -
$125,575
Network Analyst (System Analyst) Visa Technology and Operations, LLC Sep 09, 2019 $102,500 -
$122,500
Network Analyst Visa Technology & Operations LLC Mar 18, 2019 $101,275 -
$115,800
Network Analyst Inovant, LLC May 02, 2019 $89,760 -
$102,500
Network Analyst Inovant, LLC Aug 14, 2017 $89,760 -
$102,500
Network Analyst Inovant, LLC Jan 09, 2016 $89,760 -
$102,500
Network Systems Administrator Kforce Inc. Jan 09, 2017 $67,514 -
$104,350
Network and Systems Administrator Balagan Inc. Mar 18, 2019 $66,730
Network and Systems Administrator Balagan Inc. May 31, 2019 $66,730
Computer Networking Support Specialist Valsatech Corp Aug 09, 2017 $66,206
Network Support Specialist Web Triangle LLC Apr 15, 2013 $37,500

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Top Skills for A Network Technician

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched and developed custom medical software and computer hardware for testing, process control, and data collection enhancing product reliability.
  • Participated in 24x7 on-call alternation which included customer documentation and tracking support software, providing excellent customer service at all times.
  • Configured and maintained Cisco network equipment including firewall, switches, and network routers supporting data link between independent office locations.
  • Connected and configured Microsoft Windows XP workstations.
  • Provided daily training to all team members on server management and peripheral installation including network printers and scanners utilizing SMTP.

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Top 10 Best States for Network Technicians

  1. Maryland
  2. South Dakota
  3. Massachusetts
  4. District of Columbia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Connecticut
  8. Montana
  9. Virginia
  10. Texas
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Network Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

81.9%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

Carrier

9.5%

French

9.3%

German

5.0%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

3.7%

Mandarin

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Italian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Korean

1.9%

Cheyenne

1.9%

Russian

1.8%

Hindi

1.5%

Urdu

1.3%

Cantonese

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Swedish

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%
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Network Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

11.3%

Strayer University

10.5%

University of Maryland - University College

10.0%

Western Governors University

8.2%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Colorado Technical University

4.9%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

ECPI University

3.3%

Capella University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%

Florida State University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

A-Technical College

2.9%

Miami Dade College

2.8%

Austin Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.1%

Information Technology

14.3%

Computer Networking

12.6%

Business

10.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Computer Systems Security

6.8%

Management Information Systems

5.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Management

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Project Management

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Finance

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Associate

27.6%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

7.8%

High School Diploma

7.1%

Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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