Computer network technicians

Computer network technicians

NOC
2281

Set up, maintain and optimize local and wide area computer networks. They may also set up and maintain internet and intranet web-servers.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

96
 

Median Hourly Wage

$27.80
$19.50
Low
$45.00
High

Median Salary

$49,377
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

1,212
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

83%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Computer network technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and intranet Web sites and Web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of computer network technicians are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Computer network technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Maintain, troubleshoot, repair and administer local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), mainframe networks, computer workstations, connections to the Internet and peripheral equipment
  • Evaluate and install computer hardware, networking software, operating system software and software applications
  • Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks and to co-ordinate access and use of computer networks
  • Provide problem-solving services to network users
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade Web-server hardware and software
  • Implement network traffic and security monitoring software, and optimize server performance
  • Perform routine network start up and close down and maintain control records
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations
  • Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls
  • Control and monitor e-mail use, Web navigation, and installed software
  • Perform shell scripting or other basic scripting tasks
  • May supervise other workers in this group.

Also Known As

  • computer network technician
  • computer network technicians' supervisor
  • data centre operator
  • Internet Web site technician
  • LAN (local area network) administrator
  • LAN (local area network) technician
  • network administrator
  • network support technician
  • system administrator
  • Web technician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a college or other program in computer science, network administration, Web technology or a related field is usually required.
  • Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in Saskatchewan.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

23.4%
Female
76.6%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

8.5%
15-24
27.4%
25-34
32.0%
35-44
20.1%
45-54
11.2%
55-64
0.8%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
19.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
1.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
62.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
16.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

25.6%
Professional, scientific and technical services
22.0%
Information and cultural industries
16.0%
Public administration
36.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

7.80%
Northeast
25.80%
Southeast
34.40%
Southwest
25.00%
Central
7.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$50,567
Northeast
$50,094
Southeast
$52,567
Southwest
$52,219
Central
$41,355
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$27.80
$19.50
Low
$45.00
High

Southeast

$27.80
$19.50
Low
$45.00
High

Southwest

$28.37
$15.38
Low
$42.00
High

Central

$26.67
$23.56
Low
$31.79
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$49,377

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$52,213

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$49,377

Newfoundland

$62,853

Prince Edward Island

$52,756

Nova Scotia

$54,258

Canada

$59,364
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

96
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

96
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

334
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

328