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Network Systems Analyst

Career Overview

A network systems analyst is charged with designing and implementing networks of all kinds in a business environment.  Local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), intranets and other data communications systems are all network entities that a network systems analyst is trained to configure.

The scale and depth of network systems are constantly changing; as technology adds new features and businesses grow to multiple sites and time zones.  A network systems analyst may be involved in upgrading or installing a network that requires both hardware selection and software recommendations.  Once those decisions are made, the systems analyst creates the network with the features and security desired by the employer or client.

Education

A network systems analyst candidate should have a bachelors degree in computer science or information systems or information science.  Increasingly, employers are looking for systems analysts with an MBA that has a concentration on information technology, as businesses continue to shift operations into internet functions.

Current Employment

There were 262,000 network systems analysts working in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Many of them work for computer service companies, who assemble networks and databases for businesses of all types on a contract basis.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities for a network systems analyst are expected to grow at an extremely rapid pace, over three and a half times the projected average growth rate for all job classifications. 

Salary Range

Lowest 10% $19.28/hour; $40,100/year

Median Salary $32.80/hour; $68,220/year

Highest 10% $50.95/hour; $105,980/year

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