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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

  • $63,301

    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 Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Specialist Service Technician Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Technician 3.0 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Server Technician 2.1 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Technician
Technician 5.2%
Consultant 2.4%
Internship 2.3%
Top Careers After Network Technician
Consultant 3.6%
Technician 3.1%

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Network Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.6%

Female

13.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.1%

Carrier

10.3%

French

9.1%

German

5.4%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.1%

Chinese

2.9%

Cheyenne

2.5%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Hindi

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Italian

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Polish

1.2%

Cantonese

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Greek

0.6%
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Network Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.9%

Strayer University

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

Western Governors University

5.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.7%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

Capella University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

The Academy

3.0%

ECPI University

2.6%

Bellevue University

2.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.6%

Liberty University

2.5%

Pennsylvania State University

2.5%

Texas A&M University

2.4%

Park University

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.6%

Computer Information Systems

13.6%

Information Technology

13.3%

Business

12.2%

Computer Networking

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Computer Technical Support

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Education

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Other

22.6%

Associate

18.6%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Network Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Systems Admin Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Jun 06, 2016 $117,645
Lead Network Systems Adminstrator International Systems Technologies ., Inc. Piscataway, NJ Apr 15, 2016 $116,709 -
$120,000
Network Systems and Database Administrator Inchrist Community Church Valley Chapel Los Angeles, CA Nov 12, 2016 $114,785
Network Analyst Populus Group LLC Detroit, MI May 12, 2016 $114,785
Network Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 11, 2016 $114,000
Network/Systems Administrator Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Jan 15, 2016 $111,509
Network Systems Administrator, MCS Support Sephora USA Inc. San Francisco, CA May 10, 2015 $110,366 -
$115,000
Network/System Administrator Xtglobal, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jul 12, 2015 $110,000
Network Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 04, 2016 $110,000
Network/System Administrator Xtglobal, Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 20, 2016 $110,000
Network Analyst Specialist FIS Management Services LLC Orlando, FL Nov 18, 2016 $110,000
Network Systems & Database Administrator Inchrist Community Church Valley Chapel Los Angeles, CA Jul 14, 2016 $109,000
Specialist-RRM & Access Network Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Arlington Heights, IL Sep 18, 2015 $108,606
Network and Systems Administrator Marimba Auto, LLC Belleville, MI Oct 01, 2015 $108,000
Network System Administrator Proswift Consulting, LLC Fremont, CA Dec 09, 2016 $69,805
Network Specialist Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Bethpage, NY Jul 27, 2015 $69,638
Network Specialist Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Little Rock, AR Nov 09, 2016 $69,535
Systems/Network Administrator Applied Computer Techniques Bloomington, IL Sep 14, 2016 $69,493
Network Specialist Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Dearborn, MI Jul 27, 2015 $69,160
Network System Admin/Analyst Galaxy Software Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Oct 29, 2015 $69,160
Network System Admin/Analyst Galaxy Software Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Mar 28, 2016 $69,160
Network System Admin/Analyst Galaxy Software Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Sep 16, 2015 $69,160
Computer Network Support Specialist FNR Solutions, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 13, 2016 $64,983
Programmer/Network Analyst Infospan, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 30, 2015 $64,697
Network/Systems Administrator Business Intelligence Systems, Inc. Dunn Loring, VA Apr 15, 2016 $64,697
Network & Systems Administrator Teradyne Infotech Wilmington, DE Oct 09, 2016 $64,688
Network Specialist XYLO Technologies, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Feb 09, 2016 $64,000
Network Specialist XYLO Technologies, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Aug 09, 2016 $64,000
Network and Systems Administrator Technamo, LLC Springfield, VA Sep 13, 2016 $64,000 -
$100,000
System Administration : Network Infoexperts, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 30, 2015 $63,710

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Top Skills for A Network Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Windows XP
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  • Created training materials with independent efforts to utilize the latest strategies for customer service improvements.
  • Developed Disaster Recovery plans for Network Hardware and Servers.
  • Connected and configured Microsoft Windows XP workstations.
  • Configured and maintained Cisco network equipment including firewall, switches, and network routers supporting data link between independent office locations.
  • Managed Remote Access capabilities using Cisco VPN technology.

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