Network Technician

What do they do?

Video InterviewsAnalyze, test, troubleshoot and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN) and internet systems, or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. 

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Install and configure wireless networking equipment.
  • Install network software, including security or firewall software.
  • Configure security settings or access permissions for group or individuals.
  • Configure WAN or LAN routers or related equipment.
  • Evaluate LAN or WAN performance data to ensure sufficient availability or speed, to identify network problems, or for disaster recovery purposes.
  • Identify causes of networking problems, using diagnostic software and equipment.

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension

Technical Skills

  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting

Social Skills

  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Social Perceptiveness

 Systems Skills

  •  Judgment and Decision Making
  •  Systems Analysis
  •  Systems Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $30,000-$100,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Bachelor's degree or multiple years of work experience and professional certifications
  • Possible career path: Network Support Specialist > Systems/Network Administrator > Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer

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