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Working As A Senior LAN 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

  • $114,550

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior LAN 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 Senior LAN 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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Average Length of Employment
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Senior LAN Technician
Technician 3.8%
Sergeant 3.8%
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Senior LAN Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.1%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Portuguese

25.0%

French

25.0%

Senior LAN Technician Education

Schools

Strayer University

14.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

7.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

7.4%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Temple University

7.4%

Brown University

3.7%

Regis University

3.7%

Florence-Darlington Technical College

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Thomas More College

3.7%

Iona College

3.7%

Allied American University

3.7%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.7%

Austin Peay State University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Prince George's Community College

3.7%

Central Texas College

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Information Systems

13.0%

Computer Science

10.9%

Computer Engineering

10.9%

Information Technology

8.7%

Business

8.7%

Finance

6.5%

Information Systems

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Systems Engineering

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Information Sciences

2.2%

Writing

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Aviation

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Computer Systems Analysis

2.2%

Chemistry

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Other

18.9%

Masters

13.2%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

3.8%
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Top Skills for A Senior LAN Technician

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  • Installed software, patches and updates on servers and desktops using WSUS.
  • Maintained, supported and administered Novell GroupWise 6x/5x; i.e.
  • Administered the setup of nine classrooms and assured proper setup for daily room rentals, standard computer and technical training classes.
  • Provided 2nd-level support and user administration for the corporate Active Directory tree.
  • Created and deployed system images on HP and Dell workstations and laptops using GhostCast Server.

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