Many see careers in networking as a fairly attractive career choice. In the early 2000s, computer networking was considered as one of the hottest sectors around and the field has continued to be immensely popular ever since. It is even claimed that there is a serious shortage of qualified candidates to fill the networking vacancies. Many view the networking industry as a relatively easy way to land a good job role with fast-growing firms around the world.

Job Roles in Computer Networking Industry

There are various types of job roles existing in computer networking industry. They vary depending on long-term career potential and salaries. Unfortunately, it is most often seen that job titles in Information Technology (IT) and networking sector generally lead to confusion among fresher and experienced professionals alike. The vague, bland or overly bombastic job titles most often fail to describe the work assignments of an employee in this field.

Some of the basic job roles one sees for networking and networking-related positions:  

  • Network (Systems) Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network (Service) Technician
  • Network/Information Systems Manager
  • Network Programmer or Analyst

But, with time, as the candidates develop their networking career further, they might gain specialization of their skills in one or more networking areas. At this point, the job roles they could apply for include:

  • Cloud Networking Architect
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Networking Research & Development Specialist
  • Wireless Infrastructure & Mobility Specialist 
  • Wireless Networking QA Engineer
  • Mobility Solutions Architect
  • Telecom Project Manager
  • VoIP Engineer
  • Data Center Networking Specialist

Gaining Experience with Networks

Most often we find job seekers cribbing that “Employers only hire people with experience, yet the only way to gain experience is to get hired” and despite optimistic statements, which one hears very frequently regarding the vast number of job openings in IT sector, landing an entry-level job can still prove frustrating and very difficult.

So, one way to stand out from the crowd would be by either taking up some additional certified course in computer networking or by taking up an internship program. An internship program may not pay well, but the hands-on experience will serve you well in your upcoming interviews

It has been noticed that one of the most overlooked skills in the field of networking is the ability of the candidate to exchange as well as explain technical information. This could be done either verbally, in formal writing or through emails. Network professionals who have strong communication skills enjoy a significant amount of advantage in building a successful career.

Industries across the world and the different career spectrums depend on computer networking in order to keep their employees well-connected and business flowing. So, the computer networking industry is here to stay.

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Michael Ali