Computer networks are part of almost every organization, and network and computer systems administrators are responsible for keeping those networks running efficiently. Administrators organize, install and support systems including local area networks, wide area networks, intranets and other data communication systems.
Most network and computer systems positions require a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science. Before choosing this career path, consider taking the O*Net Interest Profiler and other assessments on MySECO to see if your personality type and interests make you a good fit. While you are in school, take advantage of internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a real-world environment. Search for government internships and recent graduate opportunities on USAJOBS Pathways and corporate intern positions on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search and other job boards. Make sure to check with your education institution and local corporations for possible openings.
To progress in your field, expand your career opportunities and become more competitive, consider gaining industry specific certifications such as the following:
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert — MCSE
- Cisco Certified Network Professional — CCNP
- Red Hat Certified Engineer — RHCE
- CompTiA Network+
- Certified Wireless Network Administrator — CWNA
Once you have gained experience and earned certifications, your portability is virtually unlimited. Computer networking expertise is in demand in almost every type of organization, including support staff on installations.
A recent search of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search located computer networking positions with AT&T, Bank of America, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Inc., Verizon, Adecco North America and ADP. Visit the portal regularly to get updated job postings from MSEP partners.
With the right skills and certifications, you may want to consider starting your own business and contracting your services to a variety of organizations. Networking will be critical to your success, so read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.
If you are considering a career in computer networking, review Research Occupations on MySECO and then research schools using the Find a School application. You can also use the Scholarship Finder to locate money to fund your education.
If you are ready to search for jobs, start on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search. Additional sources of job opportunities and information on companies that hire computer-networking specialists include My Skills, My Future and the Career OneStop Job Bank for your state.
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