Computer network specialists design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections 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.
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Most computer network specialists have a bachelor’s degree in a computer related field. Computer network specialists usually need experience in a related occupation.
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.
The median annual wage of computer network specialists was $75,660 in May 2010.
Employment of computer network specialists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.