Of growing importance in our increasingly digitized world, computer network technicians ensure the stability of company intranet and internet computer networks, as well as the proper functioning of related hardware and software. Computer networking technology is part of the broader field of information technology (IT) and encompasses job titles such as local area network (LAN) administrator and technician, web technician, data centre operator, network support technician and network administrator.
Computer Networking Technician Job Description
Careers in computer networking technology require a comprehensive understanding of how computers and networks function, the ability to problem-solve, and a willingness to work as part of a team. Certification in CompTIA, MCTS, MCSE, MCP, MCSA or CCNA is considered an advantage in this industry. Responsibilities of the computer networking technology professional may include:
• Email, web navigation and software monitoring
• Performing network start up and close down procedures
• Hardware and software installation, upgrades and troubleshooting
• Troubleshooting wide area network (WAN) and LAN connections
• Software installation
• Security and quality control test implementation
• System and network performance monitoring
• Web server hardware and software installation, upgrades and maintenance
• Backing up data and disaster recovery
• Server performance optimization
• Shell and other scripting tasks
Computer Networking Technician Projected Demand
The rapid growth of computer use in offices that began in 2005 is projected to continue for several years. As networks grow in complexity, and their importance to economic expansion grows, Canadians can expect to see a continued demand for skilled computer network technicians. In Canada, computer network technicians earn an average salary of $43,318 per year.