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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

  • $75,670

    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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Senior LAN Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

74.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Portuguese

33.3%

Senior LAN Technician Education

Schools

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

8.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.0%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Strayer University

8.0%

Temple University

8.0%

Regis University

4.0%

Florence-Darlington Technical College

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Rider University

4.0%

Liberty University

4.0%

Iona College

4.0%

Allied American University

4.0%

Austin Peay State University

4.0%

Quinsigamond Community College

4.0%

Central State University

4.0%

East Central College

4.0%

Ottawa University

4.0%

La Salle University

4.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%
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Majors

Information Systems

9.5%

Business

9.5%

Computer Engineering

9.5%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

9.5%

Finance

7.1%

Computer Science

7.1%

Management

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Aviation

2.4%

Information Sciences

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

General Studies

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Chemistry

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

20.9%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

11.6%

Diploma

2.3%
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Top Skills for A Senior LAN Technician

WindowsXPWINNewTechniciansDesktopSupportTroubleshootSetupPCSNovellZenworksLan/WanSiteSurveysIISProjectManagementTechnicalSupportEthernetNetworkSecurityProductionServersDesktopMigrationProjectNetworkConnectivityRemoteDesktopComsecAutoit

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Top Senior LAN Technician Skills

  1. Windows XP
  2. WIN New Technicians
  3. Desktop Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contributed to the documentation of application installation and troubleshooting tips.
  • Assisted Sr. network administrators with the building and setup of Microsoft Virtual Servers.
  • Led staff of 8 LAN/WAN engineers responsible for Branch Office infrastructure management.
  • Work closely with the Server and Network Engineering team to assist on implement site surveys and planning for new sites.
  • Managed high profile, IT client-facing desktop migration project by migrating over 1000 users from Windows 95 to Windows NT.

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