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4 highest-paying jobs in networking

By Ana Isabel Alonsagay

For computers to successfully communicate data amongst each other – a stable, quality network system is critical. Here’s where the role of IT networking comes into play: a sector dedicated to the implementation, administration, maintenance, and safety of computer networks and servers.

With the industry comprising some of tech’s fastest-growing roles today; these including areas of network support, security, and systems administration, the field is currently an attractive one for many seeking a challenging, rewarding, and lucrative IT career.

We dive into some of the top job opportunities of networking below, and how studying with Upskilled can help boost your career path.

What are the career opportunities in networking?

1. Network Administrator.

Network administrators are responsible for maintaining a business’ network systems, ensuring proper performance of all hardware and software. Tasks may vary depending on the size and demands of their organisation; those working for smaller companies, for example, may also be assigned with maintaining actual computers and peripheral devices such as routers, printers, and smartphones.

However, network administrators are generally tasked with managing and implementing protocols; testing and monitoring their network systems; performing updates when necessary; and installing security programs where required. They also regularly evaluate network management software, and ensure all licenses are paid for and up-to-date.

According to Payscale, the average network administrator earns about $72,504 AUD in Australia, with some of the highest-earning receiving about $92,000 AUD a year. Professionals have the potential to earn more as experience grows.

2. Network Technician.

network technicians working together

Those interested in analysing the ins-and-outs of computer systems may find their ideal role in the field as a network technician.

These professionals are focused on diagnosing and resolving problems within a business’ network system; changing, configuring, or updating hardware and software where necessary. They may also be responsible for installing and maintaining a company’s network, selecting the best environment for installation and repairing components if they break down. Depending on the needs of the business, a network technician may also perform regular network monitoring – ensuring the security of the company’s system, installing software updates or patches and reallocating network resources when required.

Payscale statistics show that an average network technician earns about $60,496 AUD per year in Australia, with the highest earners receiving around $79,000 AUD a year. Professionals also have the potential to earn more as experience grows.

3. Systems Analyst.

System analysts are responsible for testing, examining, and evaluating a business’ network systems, pinpointing issues or vulnerable areas and offering efficient, effective solutions. They may assess current network procedures, replacing or modifying them to fit current system needs or capacities; create documentation for ongoing system or security audits; manage and resolve user issues; and help set up new user accounts, access permissions and passwords.

Such professionals are required to have an extensive knowledge of programming languages, network technology, and computer hardware and software. Alongside analysis of network processes, they must also be able to analyse costs and user requirements – ensuring investment in the best system and services suited to both a client’s business and budgetary needs.

According to Payscale, the average systems analyst in Australia earns around $74,110 AUD per year, with the highest-earners having an average salary of $110,000 AUD. Professionals in this field also have the potential to earn more as experience grows.

4. Information Systems Manager.

Those with both a specialised knowledge of networking and broad experience with general desktop technologies may be suited to the role of an information systems manager.

Information systems managers help lead a company’s IT department, ensuring optimal performance and productivity of all systems, devices, programs, and team members. They help develop strategic plans for maintaining or implementing quality network systems, providing the right services and solutions to meet specific business needs. They may also troubleshoot these systems to assess any faults or issues; thus, a strong knowledge of cyber security and mobile device management is also often required.

Payscale data shows that the average information systems manager in Australia earns around $112,762 AUD per year, with the highest earners gaining around $153,00 AUD per year. As with other roles, salary potential also tends to grow with experience.

IT Networking courses

ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

What is this networking course about?

Aspiring network professionals can get a head start in the field through our ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking). Students will learn the basics of installing, managing, maintaining and configuring small-scale network environments, while also building experience in cyber security and client support.

The course explores both fundamental IT skills such as programming, technical documentation, and keeping up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and practices; as well as the technical know-how of network installation, management, and security. Additionally, individuals will learn the critical skills required to identify network threats and maintain the safety of user data – a skillset growing more critical each year.

How long is the course?

The course consists of 20 units and will take up to 18 months to complete.

ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)

cyber security concept

What is the networking course about?

Those looking to further their skills in IT networking can pursue our ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking). Similarly to our certificate program, our diploma course explores the fundamentals of networking while delving further into topics of e-commerce and cyber security.

Once again, students will learn the basics of working in an IT environment, such as privacy and ethics; client support; and matching their company’s tech needs with their overall business strategy. However, the course places a primary focus on managing complex IT networks, virtual computing environments, and communication technologies on an enterprise-level scale. Additionally, individuals can equip themselves with critical skills in cyber security, disaster recovery, and network troubleshooting.

How long is the course?

The course consists of 20 units and will take up to 24 months to complete.

Which networking course is best for the future?

Choosing between our networking courses will depend on your current abilities and experience. Neither are necessarily “better” for the future, as both explore the general and technical requirements of a networking role – just on different skills levels.

Both can equip an aspiring professional with the starting skills they need for employment or further certification. As plenty of globally-recognised networking certificates (such as those provided by Cisco, CompTIA or AWS) require an expertise in installing, operating, configuring, and managing network elements – Upskilled’s courses offer the entry-level training needed to bolster your skills and experience for the field.

Looking to enter the networking sector?

Dive into the ever-growing industry of IT networking through Upskilled’s comprehensive, nationally-recognised courses. Alongside thorough training in the basics, technicalities, and competitive skills of networking, students can also enjoy a flexible, online training experience – helping them study according to their specific needs and schedule.

Launch a networking career in the sector today, and enquire with us on a course.
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