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Computer Network Technicians

What they do?

Computer network technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls

B. Control and monitor e-mail use, Web navigation, and installed software

C. Perform shell scripting or other basic scripting tasks

D. May supervise other workers in this group.

E. Maintain, troubleshoot and administer the use of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), mainframe networks, computer workstations, connections to the Internet and peripheral equipment

F. Evaluate and install computer hardware, networking software, operating system software and software applications

G. Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks and to co-ordinate access and use of computer networks

Where they find work?

1. Computer systems design and related services - 18.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 14.0%
3. Public administration - 11.0%
4. Finance and insurance - 8.0%
5. Educational services - 7.0%
6. Wholesale trade - 6.0%
7. Retail trade - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of a college or other program in computer science, network administration, Web technology or a related field is usually required.

2. Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.

3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Computer-related courses

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Computer Network Technicians is $22.94/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Computer Network Technicians wages

Expected Wage by Age

Computer Network Technicians Wage By Age


4% of Computer Network Technicians are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Computer Network Technicians Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Computer Network Technicians Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Computer Network Technicians is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($22.94) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. Enrolment in the fields of study related to this occupation has increased considerably. This will likely result in a very significant number of graduates over the next few years and could lead to a decrease in employment opportunities. The employment growth rate will likely be about average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Computer and Network Operators and Web Technicians are found in Alberta and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (29%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Project management

2. Team project work

3. Computer skills

Part Time Workers

Computer Network Technicians Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

6% of Computer Network Technicians are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 35,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 15% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Computer Network Technicians Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The younger-than-average age (36) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Computer Network Technicians Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 4% of Computer Network Technicians are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Computer Network Technicians Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

29% of the individuals employed as Computer Network Technicians are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.