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Network Systems And Data Communications Analysts Career

Career Description

A Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst designs,  tests, and evaluates systems such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.

Common Work Tasks

  • Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, often requiring both hardware and software solutions
  • Install routers and hubs, wireless adaptors,  cables, and network drivers
  • Research related products and make necessary hardware and software recommendations
  • Maintain needed files by adding and deleting files on the network server and backing up files to guarantee their safety in the event of problems with the network
  • Set up user accounts, regulating and monitoring file access to ensure confidentiality and proper use
  • Design and implement systems, network configurations, and network architecture, including hardware and software technology, site locations, and integration of technologies
  • Identify areas of operation that need upgraded equipment such as modems, fiber optic cables, and telephone wires
  • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, and compatibility with existing system, and make purchase recommendations
  • Read technical manuals and brochures to determine which equipment meets establishment requirements

Other Job Titles

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts are also known by other titles, including:

  • Database Administrators
  • Network Architects        
  • Computer Scientists
  • Telecommunications Specialists
  • Systems Programmers
  • Internet Developers

Education,  Training, and Experience

Education and Training
 
While there is no universally accepted way to prepare for a job as a network systems and data communications analyst, most employers place a premium on some formal college education. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for many jobs; however, some jobs may require only a 2-year degree.

Experience
  Network systems and data communications analysts frequently work in teams on large projects.  As a result, they must be able to communicate effectively with computer personnel, such as programmers and managers, as well as with users or other staff who may have no technical computer background.

Salary

The median annual salary for a Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst is $68,000.  The top 10 percent earn more than $105,000,  and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $40,000.  Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of network systems and data communications analysts are:

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services - $73,320
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises - $74,370
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers - $75,210
  • Insurance Carriers - $71,540
  • Local Government - $63,430

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  53%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 140,000
  • Employment 2006 : 262,000
  • Employment 2016:  402,000
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