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Network Systems Analyst: Career Information

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Job Description:

A network systems analyst works with network systems including local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), Internet and Intranet. He or she analyzes, designs, tests and evaluates these systems.

Employment Facts:

There were 292,000 network systems analysts employed in 2008.

Educational Requirements:

To work as a network systems analyst one must usually earn a bachelor's degree in computer and information systems.

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Other Requirements:

A network systems analyst should have strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills. He or she should have the ability to pay close attention to detail and work as a member of a team

Advancement Opportunities:

A network systems analyst may advance into a supervisory position.

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Job Outlook:

The job outlook for network systems analysts is excellent. This occupation is projected to experience faster growth, through 2018, than other occupations requiring a bachelor's degree (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Earnings:

Network systems analysts earned a median annual salary of $73,250 in 2009.

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A Day in a Network Systems Analyst's Life:

On a typical day a network systems analyst's tasks might include:

  • evaluating software and hardware in order to determine efficiency, reliability and compatibility with the existing system
  • making purchase recommendations
  • maintaining the network server, including backing up and deleting files
  • designing and implementing systems, network configurations and network architecture

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos305.htm (visited April 05, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/15-1081.00 (visited December 2, 2010).

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