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.

What responsibilities are common for Network Specialist jobs?
  • Interact with departments to address issues identified within the network.
  • Make use of quality improvement techniques, and participate in process improvement and management activities.
  • Develop standards-based high-level design and final engineering documents utilizing technology and hardware specific knowledge for network services led construction projects.
  • Escalate security, system or network outages issues to supervisors as necessary.
  • Create processes and tool for mobile use of GIS for data collection and consumption.
  • Provide input and feedback into fault resolution procedures across network operations.
  • Audit monitoring platforms, hardware and circuit inventories for accuracy.
  • Manage and initiate appropriate level of internal and external leadership escalation.
  • Work directly with vendor, carrier, and customers relative to network performance and customer impact.
  • Analyze and define agency disaster recovery responsibilities and procedures.
  • Enable sales and partner teams to drive key sales plays for your products and solutions.
  • Oversee full cycle new agent recruitment process and owns the success of new agents.
What are the typical qualifications for Network Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, electrical engineering, computer science or network engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with GCIH, CASP, CISA, GIS, CCNP, and Python software and systems.
  • Experience with operating systems, cloud, routing protocols, scripting and incident response.
  • Comfortable instructing and troubleshooting writing protocols.
  • Prior consulting experience.
  • Fluent in business process analysis and incident response.
  • Can deploy leadership capabilities and assist seamlessly and effectively.
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a Network Specialist make?

Confident
$76,703 /yr
Total Pay
$71,220
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$5,483
 /yr

Additional Pay

$76,703

 / yr
$49K$121K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Network Specialist Career Path

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Read what Network Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
IBMIBM
Network Specialist
Apr 9, 2021

“no hikes and i feel growth little slow for freshers”

MovateMovate
Network Specialist
Aug 29, 2020

“Fair play to learn and grow in career”

BTBT
Network Specialist
Nov 4, 2022

“Exciting opportunities to explore where development and progression are supported.”

Maryland Department of HealthMaryland Department of Health
Network Specialist
May 12, 2022

“There is absolutely no competitive pay and when there was a 6.7% increase in cost of living we got barely any increasing in our pay.”

WindstreamWindstream
Network Analyst I
May 11, 2022

“Working at home is good”

BellBell
Network Specialist
Dec 4, 2020

“Good for older people but not for young guys”

LeidosLeidos
Transport Network Specialist
Apr 4, 2022

“Provided me with a great opportunity to further my career”

OrangeOrange
Network Expert
Apr 20, 2022

“great people to work with”

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