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Network Technician
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Occupation Overview

Computers in the Bay Area are among the most sophisticated in the world. We also have sophisticated networking capabilities. The computer Network Technician is a response to the growing numbers of Local and Wide Area Networks (LANs and WANs) that are used to allow computers to communicate with one another and exist in almost every office building. This communication is typically done for the purpose of sharing information between users or sending information to shared printers.

The number of networks is expected to continue to grow in the future, as is the required bandwidth and geographic dispersion of users.

Positions available in this field are often called LAN Technician and/or Network Control Technician. The Bay Area is one of the best places to receive network training in the U.S., and jobs are available for those with the proper training.

It is possible to get certified to work with particular network-related products, such as Windows NT or Novell products. The Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) is the first of seven exams required for the Certified Novell Engineer (CNE). The CNA is sufficient for some jobs, while others require the CNE. Microsoft and Cisco also offer certification for their products.


Future Growth Opportunities

Opportunities for Advancement:

With further education, several types of positions are possible, including Network Administrator, Network Analyst, Network Consultant, Network Engineer, LAN Manager, and Manager of Corporate Networks.

Skills Transferable to:

System Administrator, Technical Support, Electronic Technician, Sales Representative, Training, and Support Specialist.


Job Descriptions

Entry level ($10-24/hr.)

Experienced ($11-35/hr.)

Network Technicians assist in the installation, setup, test, maintenance, and troubleshooting of LANs and/or WANs. They are responsible for routine tasks such as adding new accounts, assigning passwords, and keeping a variety of logs (e.g., number of failed login attempts, or the number and size of print jobs sent to each printer on the network). They speak with LAN Managers or Network Analysts about specific problems on the network, and are involved in updating and/or fixing existing systems.

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