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Average wages

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$81,100/yr

Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: good for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

 

Also known as:
Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Network Specialist, LAN Specialist (Local Area Network Specialist), Network Coordinator, Systems Administrator, Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Analyst, Network Manager, Network Administrator

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information.
  • Resolve computer software problems.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Resolve computer network problems.

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  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Identify information technology project resource requirements.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Test software performance.
  • Test computer hardware performance.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks.
  • Collect data about customer needs.
  • Coordinate resource procurement activities.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Maintain the inventory of equipment.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.

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Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

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  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Troubleshooting – Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.
  • Programming – Writing computer programs.
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.

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Projected Employment Numbers

Canada


391,300
2016 Employment

415,300
2026 Employment

6%
Percent change

27,000
Annual projected job openings

What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.

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  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.

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