Computer Network and Systems Engineers plan, develop, deploy, test and optimise network and system services, taking responsibility for configuration management and overall operational readiness of network systems, especially environments with multiple operating systems and configurations, and provide troubleshooting and fault-finding services for network problems.

Specialisations: Computer Network Engineer, Computer Systems Integrator.

You can work as a Computer Network and Systems Engineer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Tasks

  • Analyses, develops, interprets and evaluates complex system design and architecture specifications, data models and diagrams in the development, configuration and integration of computer systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure to ensure networks are configured to operate at optimal performance.
  • Assesses and recommends improvements to network operations and integrated hardware, software, communications and operating systems.

More about Computer Network Professionals

All Computer Network Professionals

  • $2,021 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Computer Network and Systems Engineers

  • 13,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Computer Network and Systems Engineers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 8,800 in 2011 to 13,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Computer Network and Systems Engineers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services47.6
Information Media and Telecommunications9.6
Financial and Insurance Services7.0
Public Administration and Safety6.5
Other Industries29.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateComputer Network and Systems EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.531.6
VIC28.825.6
QLD12.820.0
SA5.07.0
WA9.210.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.51.0
ACT5.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketComputer Network and Systems EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-242.8-9.39.3
25-3432.3-22.922.9
35-4438.9-22.022.0
45-5418.6-21.621.6
55-594.5-9.09.0
60-642.0-6.06.0
65 and Over0.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationComputer Network and Systems EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree40.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.7-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 111.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Computer Network and Systems Engineer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Computer Network Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    82% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Telecommunications

    73% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    58% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Education and Training

    56% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    56% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.00 - Computer Network Architects.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    89% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    87% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.00 - Computer Network Architects.

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