Computer Network Professionals research, analyse and recommend strategies for network architecture and development, implement, manage, maintain and configure network hardware and software, and monitor and optimise performance, and troubleshoot and provide user support.

    You can work as a Computer Network Professional 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

    • analysing, developing, interpreting and evaluating complex system design and architecture specifications, data models and diagrams in the development, configuration and integration of computer systems
    • researching, analysing, evaluating and monitoring network infrastructure to ensure networks are configured to operate at optimal performance
    • assessing and recommending improvements to network operations and integrated hardware, software, communications and operating systems
    • providing specialist skills in supporting and troubleshooting network problems and emergencies
    • installing, configuring, testing, maintaining and administering new and upgraded networks, software database applications, servers and workstations
    • providing network programming in support of specific business needs and requirements
    • preparing and maintaining procedures and documentation for network inventory, and recording diagnosis and resolution of network faults, enhancements and modifications to networks, and maintenance instructions
    • monitoring network traffic, and activity, capacity and usage to ensure continued integrity and optimal network performance

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    • $2,021 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 31,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Computer Network Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 31,600 in 2018 to 35,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 17,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Computer Network Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,021 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200823400
    200924700
    201030700
    201124700
    201226700
    201326400
    201427600
    201531100
    201623300
    201727300
    201831600
    202335200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsComputer Network ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20211460

    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 Services40.6
    Information Media and Telecommunications11.6
    Education and Training8.2
    Public Administration and Safety7.7
    Other Industries31.9

    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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.431.6
    VIC29.325.6
    QLD12.920.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA9.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT5.01.9

    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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-243.3-9.39.3
    25-3430.7-22.922.9
    35-4436.9-22.022.0
    45-5420.1-21.621.6
    55-595.3-9.09.0
    60-642.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    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 ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree37.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.1-21.121.1
    Year 1213.4-18.118.1
    Year 111.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Computer Network Professional 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.

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

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    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

      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

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      95% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      89% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      87% Important

      Be 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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