A network systems analyst monitors network systems, peripherals and other equipment connected to the network to ensure proper functionality. The job title of a network systems analyst is also referred to as a network administrator, network engineer or similar, depending on the responsibilities of the job. Although requirements vary by employer, the increasing threat of cyber attacks and advances in technology make employers seek candidates with education, training and credentials using the systems and network technologies in their work environment.
A bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to technology is generally the minimal educational requirement for this occupation. Disciplines such as computer science, computer engineering, management information systems or a similar technology discipline allows network system analysts become proficient in this occupation. Coursework generally includes core competencies of computer and network systems, such as binary code, programming, data communications and technology security.
Employers often use specific types of systems, networks and communication devices. As network and Internet security becomes more crucial, employers prefer those who obtain one or several credentials using the systems, networks and software they use. Vendors make products for local area networks, wide area networks and wireless area networks among a variety of internal and external networking systems. Many software and product vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, Juniper and Macintosh offer credentialing for their products and software.
Technology advances quickly. Most network systems analysts, as well as other information technology professionals, learn new technologies throughout their career. They must constantly stay abreast of new technologies, either through self-study or attending training classes to help their employers upgrade their systems. Organizations must stay competitive and protect their networking systems, which is part of a network systems analyst’s responsibilities.
Careers and Salary
Network systems analysts can specialize in a variety of disciplines related to cost analysis, security analysis or combine these specialties for different types of employers. To give examples – large employers may use a variety of networking systems and have specialists for each type of system, while small employers may employ only one or several network systems analysts that take on the responsibility of analyzing, monitoring and protecting all networking systems. A 2013 survey done by Robert Half International suggested salaries ranging from $62,750 to $125,250 per year for these and related occupations.
- Career Planner: Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Systems Analysts
- Robert Half Technology: Salary Guide for Technology Professionals
- Kimberly Miller; Human Resources/Recruiting Consultant; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania