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How to Become a Computer Networking Specialist

With the high cost of four-year colleges, many students are choosing career paths that don’t require a college degree. For people who like computers and technology, the field of computer networking and security could be a good option. Many computer training programs can be completed in just one year at a fraction of the cost of a four-year college.

What do computer networking specialists do?
If you choose this profession, you will be supporting computer users and helping to keep your company’s computer network functioning effectively and securely. Some everyday tasks might include:

  • Troubleshooting problems with software and hardware
  • Configuring operating systems
  • Installing software
  • Doing regular maintenance and updates
  • Creating new users
  • Helping with day-to-day administration of the network
  • Ensuring security measures are being followed
  • Supporting users who are having computer problems
  • Backing up the servers on a regular schedule

How do I get training?
Do you have a high school diploma or a GED? Most computer networking training programs simply require a high school diploma or equivalent. You can find programs at community colleges and private career schools. Most programs can be completed in one year, and will prepare you for an entry level position.

Are there jobs?
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive job growth prediction is due to the widespread use of computer networks across all industries, and the need to continuously update computer systems. Keep in mind that this is a national prediction. Depending on where you live, the job growth rate may be higher or lower. Before choosing this career path, do some research on your local economy to see if the demand for computer networking specialists is expected to be high in your area.

How much do computer networking specialists get paid?
The salary for computer networking specialists can vary widely, depending on your geographic region, the industry in which you work, your local economy, and your level of experience/education. The Occupational Outlook Handbook includes a median pay level for computer support specialists. This figure can help give you an idea of the salary range, but remember, the number can vary depending on many factors.

Is there opportunity for advancement?
Information Technology is an interesting field because it is constantly evolving. If you choose a career in this field, you will need to keep up with the changes. You may need to take additional courses and seek certifications in order to stay on top of your game. People who stay up-to-date can improve their chances of being promoted or gaining more challenging responsibilities on the job.

We hope this article helps you consider the possibility of pursuing a career in computer networking and security. It is a career field that could make you proud!


The Branford Hall Career Institute offers two computer specialist programs: We offer Computer Networking Management at our Connecticut and Massachusetts campuses, and Computer Networking and Security at our New Jersey campuses. Contact us online for more information on enrolling. Your new career path could begin with us!