Network Technician

Explore the daily duties, key skills, and required qualifications to become a network technician in the ICT field. Discover statistics on salary potential, employment growth, and main areas of opportunity.

Overview

Network technicians assist customers, programmers, and IT vendors with installing, configuring, updating, and troubleshooting network systems. They may also offer training for updates made to network infrastructure; as well as write new scripts or programs to improve current operating systems.

Daily duties can include monitoring a LAN (local area network) for any issues or system failures that arise; tracking network activity and performance; diagnosing wiring problems; and securing the network against cyber-attacks. They may also advise clients on new equipment or software investments, should their current technology becomes unreliable.

Employment for network technicians is headed for incredible growth in the coming years – with a 26.2% predicted job growth by 2024, according to SEEK.

Key Skills

  • Excellent analytical skills for spotting, evaluating, and resolving network issues
  • Strong communication skills for advising (and training) clients in-person or over the phone
  • Multi-tasking abilities for juggling multiple network problems and client requests as they arise
  • A thorough knowledge of computer networks, hardware, and software
  • A strong knowledge of cybersecurity and effective network security practices
  • Strong organisational and prioritisation skills

Quick Facts

Network technicians can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential ($2,021) is much higher than the all-jobs average ($1,460) with many working full-time.

Salary Range

$40,000 – $79,000 (Median: $62,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

42 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training

Most Common Qualification Level

37.8% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.