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A computer networker designs, plans, implements and monitors a computer network. They are responsible for maintaining and controlling computer networks. Although their typical duties and responsibilities will vary dependent on their employer and their level of experience, as a computer networker you could expect to do tasks such as the following: maintaining and controlling computer networks, troubleshooting, diagnosing and resolving software, hardware and other network problems, performing disaster recovery operations and carrying out the configuration of routing and switching equipment.

Traditionally, computer networkers were required to have a bachelor?s degree in computer science, or another related field. Network engineers must be able to work with a variety of network types, such as LAN, MAN, WAN, WLAN, PAN, VoiP, and many more. Fortunately, the recent development of online education has meant that many can enter the profession with IT experience and some online course training in the network types just mentioned.

As a computer networker, you may find yourself working in an incredibly fast paced environment and constantly working under pressure, which is not an environment suited to everyone. You may also become frustrated with having to work overtime, or being on-call in case of an emergency. You will also never be an expert in the field of network engineer as technology is constantly changing, and it can be a struggle to keep up.

However, a career as in networking offers jobs in a range of sectors. On top of this, computer networkers are in demand, meaning less competition for jobs. Many computer networkers love their job because they feel challenged every day, and feel great satisfaction and value when they overcome these challenges. There is also lots of opportunities for skill development, growth and opportunities to specialize.

To be a successful in computer networking, you must be able to efficiently think through problems and quickly provide solutions for them. You need to show an ability to design and plan things and you need to have excellent written and verbal communication. If this sounds like you, and you love computers and working in a challenging environment, then we think you might enjoy a career in computer networking!


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