A network systems manager is an information technology professional who oversees the implementation and administration of computer and telecommunication networks for an organization. This professional ensures the integrity of information stored and transmitted on networks, as well as improve networks' capabilities as technology continues to advance.
Most employers require a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or a related discipline, but prefer a master's in business administration with specialization in technology. Employment opportunities may increase for those who obtain professional network certification from popular network system and software providers such as Cisco and Microsoft. These credentials are highly recognized for information technology career disciplines.
Most organizations require a number of employees to maintain networks. A network systems manager directs and oversees employees who maintain, support and repair network systems and technology. This includes hiring, training and scheduling staff. Network support technicians, administrators and engineers report directly to a network systems manager. Employees who maintain networks, including the manager, are required to be on-call for emergencies, perform network upgrades and often work on nights and weekends.
Following an established financial budget, these professionals define network requirements by working with other departments and information technology professionals. After requirements are defined, these professionals select appropriate network products, define policies, procedures and protocols, then implement network systems to meet the needs of an organization. When these network systems are introduced to an organization, the network systems manager and technical staff train users to properly use the systems.
One of the main responsibilities of a network systems manager is to ensure the network's security is not compromised. This includes designing and supporting a secure system setup, as well as administration of security tools and solutions for the network. This can involve denying protocols and monitoring network access by employees.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics expected 17 percent growth for computer and information systems managers between 2008 and 2018. Technological advances will increase the need for organizations to upgrade technology and stay competitive. This will spur growth for technology workers and managers. In May 2010, Indeed.com listed a national average salary of $83,000 per year for network systems managers.
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