Network Design and Administration

Network technicians make sure the network hardware and software are operating properly so people in your organization get the information they need when they need it. Using cable, fiber optics or even wireless communication, you connect users to your company's computer system. You will thoroughly understand networking technology for local area networks (LANs), and for connecting to larger networks and the Internet. You learn to quickly identify, document and solve problems. Because you work with the users all the time, you know the needs of your company and can recommend improvements based on user needs and technology advances. You will probably need to keep measurements on how the network is performing charting network usage and downtime to help plan for the future. You document the network configuration and prepare backup plans and procedures. You will be responsible for adding users, making sure they have access to the files and network-connected equipment they need, while maintaining security and confidentiality of other files and data. You install upgrades with a minimum of disruption.


Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
Wage: $74,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 53.4%
Self Employed: 17.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Employed Part Time: 8.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators
Wage: $66,310
10 Year Growth Rate: 27.0%
Self Employed: 0.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Employed Part Time: 3.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree