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Computer Networking

What Computer Network Specialists Do

Computer network specialists design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from a small connection between two offices to a multinational series of globally distributed communications systems. Network specialists must have thorough knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Work Environment

Most computer network specialists work full time. Information security analysts sometimes have to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency at their organization.

How to Become a Computer Network Specialist

Most computer network specialists have a bachelor’s degree in a computerrelated field. Computer network specialists usually need experience in a related occupation..


The median annual wage of computer network specialists was $75,660 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer network specialists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Quick Facts: Computer Network Specialists
2010 Median Pay $75,660 per year
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 302,300
Job Outlook, 2010-20 22% growth rate

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