Computer Network SpecialistPrint
COMPUTER NETWORK SPECIALISTS design and set up computer labs or workstations that connect to the main computer system or with each other. They maintain support of software products. They are responsible for the efficient use of networks by companies. They schedule the installation of hardware, oversee placement of equipment, and maintain network hardware and software. They analyze problems, make sure the network is available to users, and test the operating system. They tell network users about any new software developments and changes. They help workers become familiar with software applications and help them solve problems.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $73,000 average per year ($35.00 per hour)
- A very large occupation (1,155,800 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (3.7% per year)
Employers prefer to hire COMPUTER NETWORK SPECIALISTS who have a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer information systems, or data processing. They generally seek applicants who also have a background in business management or a closely related field. Voluntary certification is available through the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) to those who have at least four years of work experience as a computer professional, or at least two years experience and a college degree, and pass an exam.