What does a Network Specialist do?

Network specialists manage networks and ensure they function efficiently by collecting performance data, monitoring its security, troubleshooting issues, anticipating problems, and performing routine maintenance. Network specialists maintain software and hardware and monitor systems for glitches or disturbances. They analyze technical problems and seek to develop workable solutions and establish network specifications and issues by consulting with system end-users when analyzing workflow and security requirements. They look at performance issues within the network including availability, throughput, and latency and install, configure, and troubleshoot equipment and established connections and set up firewalls.

Network specialists also define the policies and procedures of the network. After a network is established, network specialists monitor and analyze it. They also train and prepare users to utilize network safety through training sessions and serve as a reference. They perform systems upgrades, and test, evaluate, and install network enhancements. Network specialists need a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer information systems, or computer networking.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
0%
2 - 4
2%
5 - 7
97%
8+
1%

Common Skill Sets

LAN WAN
ISDN
Routing Protocols
Microsoft Windows
HDLC
Netscreen
Netware
OpenVMS

Network Specialist Seniority Levels

Network Administrator
18% made the transition
Systems Administrator
56% made the transition
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Network Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$64,975 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $65K
$101K
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