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computer-network-technician

Important statistics for this occupation:

  • Growth in this industry is due to the fact that computer technology is now an integral part of the economy.
  • As a result of increased investment in the computer sector in recent years, a trend which is likely to continue, there is an expected increase in the number of computer network technicians
  • In large companies, computer network technician positions often serve as a gateway to other computer-related occupations, which results in many job opportunities coming from positions vacated by those who receive promotions
  • According to 2006 census data, immigrants represent 15% of this occupation
  • The median yearly income for a Computer Network Technician is $45,000 in Canada, with high incomes reported in the range of $60,400.

Duties for Computer Network Technicians

Computer network technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and intranet Web sites and Web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of computer network technicians are included in this unit group.

Description of Main Duties

Computer network technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and administer the use of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), mainframe networks, computer workstations, connections to the Internet and peripheral equipment
  • Evaluate and install computer hardware, networking software, operating system software and software applications
  • Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks and to co-ordinate access and use of computer networks
  • Provide problem-solving services to network users
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade Web-server hardware and software
  • Implement network traffic and security monitoring software, and optimize server performance
  • Perform routine network start up and close down and maintain control records
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations
  • Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls
  • Control and monitor e-mail use, Web navigation, and installed software
  • Perform shell scripting or other basic scripting tasks
  • May supervise other workers in this group.

Example job titles for Computer Network Technicians:

  • Internet Web site technician
  • LAN (local area network) administrator
  • LAN (local area network) technician
  • Web technician
  • Computer network technician
  • Data centre operator
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
  • Supervisor, computer network technicians
  • System administrator

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