Career Spotlight: Computer Networking and Security

Find out what computer network administrators do on the job

If there’s one career field that spans across hundreds of industries, it’s Information Technology. Every industry that relies on computers—which is nearly every industry you can think of—needs to think about information technology, computer networking, and computer security.

Have you ever been in an office when the computer network has gone down? If so, you will know that almost all work comes to a halt. This is why companies need talented computer networking and security administrators.

If you are someone who loves computers, this is a career you might want to consider. Computer network administrators are the people who are responsible for supporting the computer systems. They make sure the networks are secure, efficient, and fully functioning. Here are some of the day-to-day tasks that computer network administrators do on the job.

  • Set up and manage the company’s computer network and any network segments
  • Manage local area networks (LANs) and/or wide area networks (WAN)
  • Administer the company’s intranet
  • Manage any data communication systems the company may have
  • Install hardware and software
  • Upgrade, update, and repair hardware and software issues
  • Maintain network security
  • Add employees to the network
  • Assign users’ security permissions on the network
  • Train employees to use the programs and network correctly
  • Trouble-shoot with employees or departments that are having problems
  • Manage the company’s servers
  • Fix problems with the company’s desktop equipment and mobile devices
  • Set up email accounts and ensure that email is functioning
  • Manage data storage networks
  • Make recommendations on technology upgrades as needed

If this sounds difficult, don’t worry! There are computer networking training courses that can prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to master these responsibilities.

How to become a Computer Network Administrator

If you are interested in a career as a computer network specialist, there are several paths you can take. There are career training schools that can provide you with training in about a year’s time. Or, if you want to pursue higher training, there are 2-year associate’s degree programs, as well as 4-year bachelor’s programs. It depends on what level you wish to achieve. But whatever you decide, your instructors will be there to help you get comfortable with the skills you will need on the job.

If information technology is in your future, we hope this article has been helpful in envisioning what it would be like to be a computer network specialist.


The Branford Hall Career Institute is a provider of two IT job training programs: Computer Networking and Security and Computer Networking Management. With campuses in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts, there may be a location near you! If so, get in touch with us and we can show you how to start your new career path at Branford Hall!