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Career Assignment

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Job Description Computer network specialist computerizes different fields of business and industries by creating a bridge between people, computers, technologies, and devices. They also replace paperwork by digitalizing it and making it more accessible. A Computer Network Specialist develops, maintains and monitors networks. Network administrators monitor `maintain devices on a network and make user accounts, and add and delete files and programs. Some network specialists specifically specialize in network security and protection. Working Conditions Network specialist work in offices and sometimes they are able to monitor and access networks from home. Network specialists usually work in teams but sometimes they may work individually depending on how big the project is. Sometimes Networking specialists travel to nearby places or far destinations to take part in seminars and training courses. Networking specialists have very stressful jobs mentally but not physically. Problem solving skills are needed to quickly repair a network when it has gone down or there is a problem. Networking specialist work 5 days a week and put in 8 hours a day over time may be required if there is a problem with the network, overtime is usually unpaid. Earnings Network specialist can make anywhere from $30,000 a year to over $100,000 a year. This depends on their experience level, qualifications, certifications and how far they are on the ladder. Help desk employees make 30,000 to 45,000 a year. Full time technical support people make $40,000 to$ 55,000 a year. Networking specialists make $50,000 to $ 70,000 a year. Systems architects make $60,000 to $100,
000. Education In order to become a computer networking specialist you have to complete high school and then move on to a post-secondary institution. You can do a 2 to 3 year diploma program in college or do a 4 year bachelor degree program in university. You can take either a program in one of these fields’ computer science, computer information systems, or computer networking. Some jobs may require you to be either, Microsoft certified, Cisco certified, or Novell certified.
Career Path
Level 1 – Help Desk Employees
•Must have a diploma in a field of computing
•Must have some sort of hardware or software certification
•Tasks include – working with users of the network, answering questions, solving small problems and moving around computers

Level 2 – Fulltime Technical Support Person
•Have to have help desk experience
•Training on certification exams
•Tasks include - solving complex problems, providing technical support, testing software and hardware, doing network administration
Level 3 – Computer Network Specialist
•Might need a degree in computer science
•A couple years of experience doing technical support
•Tasks include – setting up and maintain networks, monitoring networks, and creating reports, dealing with security problems
Level 4 – Systems Architect
•A degree in computer science
•Experience as a networking specialist
•Certification Training
•Tasks include – Building and configuring networks

Post Secondary Options George Brown – Computer Systems Technology

The Computer Systems Technology three-year program at George Brown College has a unique focus on wireless and networking technologies. Students will be involved, hands-on, in real-world projects for one or two days per week with our corporate partners, making proposals and working in teams to plan projects, set schedules and achieve goals. Students have helped develop IT solutions for hospitals, large corporations and major wireless telecommunications providers, including Bell Mobility and Rogers Communications. Students will be prepared to write several certification exams.
Seneca – Computer Systems Technology

Seneca's School of Computer Studies is a recognized leader in the Networking world. Building on partnerships with various vendors (CISCO, IBM, Microsoft and Novell), this program focuses on network design, LAN administration, and microcomputer support. The subjects in the first three semesters are identical to those of the Computer Networking and Technical Support (CNS) program.
UOIT – Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) profession requires university graduates who have the necessary education and skills to work in the fast-paced world of information technology. As part of the career-driven curriculum, the BIT (Hons) program offers all three levels of the Cisco certification program, namely, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP®), and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE®). Currently, no educational institution in Canada is offering a certification preparation program for CCIE, the third level of the Cisco certification. UOIT will be the only Canadian institution that provides this preparation. CCIE is considered the most rigorous of Cisco's certification program and it is highly respected by the industry.
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