Network technology professionals carry out a variety of technical and administrative duties for organizations big and small. Tasks may include installing, supporting and maintaining servers or other computer systems, as well as planning for and responding to service outages and other technical problems. They may also carry out light programming or scripting work, systems-related project management, supervising or training computer operators, and solving computer problems beyond the knowledge of lower tier technical support personnel.
A degree in Networking can lead to a variety of careers in the IT industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for network systems and data communications analysts is expected to grow by 53% between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average and places it among the fastest growing of all occupations. This includes opportunities for network architects and engineers, as well as Web administrators and developers. The increase in demand for qualified individuals is spurred by organizations that continue to upgrade their IT capability and incorporate the newest technologies. Increasing dependence on wireless networks will also produce a need for more IT professionals. Individuals with understanding of information security may also find opportunities, as computer networks transmit a growing amount of sensitive data. Prospective job applicants may find opportunities in the technology and software industry as well as in government, communications, pharmaceuticals, financial institutions and non-profit organizations. Common job titles include: