If you have a strong interest in computers and a knack for technical skills, computer networking management may be the career for you. As a computer networking professional, you can contribute valuable skills to an IT team.
Types of Jobs
There are many different job titles in the IT field. Here are some possibilities of what your job title may be:
- Network Administrator
- Network Specialist
- Network Security Consultant
- Technical Support Representative
- Technical Support Specialist
- Field Service Technician
- IT Support Technician/Specialist
- IT Support Administrator
- Help-Desk Technician
- Computer Network Support Specialist
Computer network support specialists work in many different industries. You might work in information technology (IT), finance, health care, education, communications, or any area where the smooth running of a computer network is a priority. Some IT technicians work for an outside support service that helps clients on a contract-basis. Businesses across all industries need computer networks that run smoothly 24 hours a day. As a result, some network technicians work nights and weekends.
Details on the job outlook for computer network support specialists can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
According to this handbook, employment of computer network support specialists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook states, “More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.” The handbook also projects that “Employment growth should also be strong in healthcare industries. This field is expected to greatly increase its use of information technology (IT), and support services will be crucial to keep everything running properly.”
Earnings of Computer Network Specialists
The salaries of computer network support specialists across the country differ based on the employees’ years of experience, level of skills, and geographic locations. Entry-level technicians typically earn less than more experienced ones. But as you gain more on-the-job experience and perform satisfactorily in your job, you can expect your salary to increase over time. More details on salary trends among computer network support specialists can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Computer Networking Management and Certification
While taking a certification exam is not required for students of the Computer Networking Management program, earning a certification gives you credibility and marketability. We encourage graduates of the program to sit for the CompTia + exams, the CompTia Network + exam, and the Microsoft® Certified Professional exams. Depending on your campus and your career focus, you may be eligible to take other certification exams as well. Earning a certification will give you the added advantage of entering your new job field with proven skills and certifications that are recognized all over the country.
Considering a Different Career?
Still not sure if the Computer Networking Management program is right for you? At Branford Hall Career Institute, we offer a range of career options that will start you on the path to a more satisfying job and a better life for you. Take a look at our list of programs to find the right one for you.