IT networking is the process of building, using, and maintaining all the technologies and protocols required to connect computer systems to one another. These interconnected devices are known as IT or computer networks, an environment that allows the ease of data transmission between them – making our daily communications, transactions, and online activities possible. Today’s businesses rely on IT network professionals to ensure optimal performance of their network systems, allowing for greater productivity, efficient operations, and faster innovation.
AIICT currently offers online courses that explore the fundamentals of IT networking, such as our ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking). Those just entering the field can learn the basics of installing, configuring, and testing computer networks in a business environment; along with the essentials of ICT support, security, and server management. Such training can help equip you for entry-level opportunities in the job market, or for further training in higher-level qualifications, such as our ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking).
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IT networking encompasses all tools, resources, and practices required to connect individual computer devices, allowing them to easily share data with one another. Such systems allow for flexible communications, transactions, and information access among local servers or over the internet.
Businesses relying on modern technology depend on networks for storage efficiency, greater security, and the ability to boost growth, productivity, and innovation. Much of these systems now also take place online via “cloud computing”, alleviating the need for on-site infrastructure and effectively reducing company expenses on physical equipment. Such virtual networks also have the benefit of being highly scalable – giving businesses the flexibility of only paying for what they need – and are largely adaptable to the changing needs of an organisation.
Other, more traditional networks include local area networks (LANs), in which computers are connected within a single office space or building. Wide area networks (WANs) are networks that can span entire cities or even countries, allowing stable long-distance communications. Finally, we have service network providers –companies that provide network use or capacity for a given service, such as telecommunications, mobile data, or Internet access.
IT network professionals are experts of this field, helping ensure an organisation’s network is optimised and performing according to business needs.
Computer network professionals are sharp analytical and critical thinkers, able to approach their tasks with a keen eye for detail. Since you’ll be spending much of your time setting up, installing, and assessing network systems, the ability to pinpoint and examine potential problems or areas for improvement is crucial. This goes hand-in-hand with strong problem-solving skills, as these experts regularly try to evaluate new ways of optimising and building on existing systems.
With the many tasks involved in maintaining IT networks, these professionals must also have the sharp ability to multi-task. You’ll likely be responsible for a handful of assignments at a time – such as handling regular network updates while improving security protocols and preparing for new software rollouts while phasing out old technologies.
Last but not least – successful IT network professionals typically have a wide, general knowledge base of computing practices under their belt. Career paths in this field can often involve some form of programming, software development, cloud computing, cyber security, and more; so it helps to have at least a basic grasp of these critical IT concepts.
Those looking to enter the IT networking field are typically recommended to pursue formal qualifications. Being a highly technical field, equipping yourself with a certification (or a few) can help you delve into all the necessary concepts, skills areas, and practices required to succeed in the field; while verifying your skills and helping you stand out among employers in the job market. AIICT is one training provider that offers such programs, such as our ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) and our ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking).
According to Labour Market Insights, plenty of workers hold vocational education and training (VET) qualifications in the industry, with 27.6%currently holding either an Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or Certificate-level qualification.
To build your on-the-job experience, it can also help to seek out the many internship opportunities available. Online job boards such as SEEK, Glassdoor, and Indeed currently advertise plenty of these positions, with LinkedIn also being a handy platform for reaching out to those in the industry.
AIICT currently offers two courses focused on IT networking skills:
Both programs culminate in nationally-recognised qualifications, designed to verify your expertise and help you stand out in the job market. You’ll not only touch on the fundamentals of the field (i.e. network installation, virtualisation, testing network servers), but also delve into the in-demand IT sector of cyber security – equipping you with the valuable skills of handling cyber security incidents, running vulnerability tests, and ensuring protection of one’s IT architecture. Such experience is sought after in the networking field, but is also transferable to other lucrative areas of tech.
Additionally, these courses are delivered completely online, helping you train around your existing work or personal commitments. We provide students with a flexible online learning environment that offers convenient tools for communicating with course peers and trainers, ensuring you’re given all the help and support you need throughout your journey.
Upon completion, course graduates are also given access to our Industry Partner Program – a membership that links you to prospective companies and offers career mentorship as you develop your skills in the industry.
Why Study IT Networking?
Computer networks are a non-negotiable in any workplace’s IT environment, allowing staff members to easily communicate and share information with one another. They are critical to business growth and transformation, helping boost operational efficiency, worker productivity, and workplace flexibility. Without a solid, reliable IT network in today’s landscape, business collaboration and innovation are rendered near-impossible.
As our technological environments continue to evolve, those with the right skills to manage these online connections are bound to stay in demand for years to come. The sector is expecting strong future growth, with plenty of opportunity for high-paying, full-time work. Additionally, with businesses across all fields reliant on computer network systems, you’re likely to find job roles in a wide range of industries – making the profession a very flexible one with a highly transferable skillset.
As such, for as long as IT networks are relied on by organisations, so too are the skills of those who can effectively set up and manage them. According to Labour Market Insights, computer network professionals have stayed in fairly high demand in the last decade (reaching a peak in employment during 2019 at 49,900) – with further growth expected in the years to 2026. Those aspiring to the field can thus expect plenty of job opportunities, with generous salary packages to boot. Current statistics report that computer network specialists receive higher weekly earnings than Australia’s all jobs average, with the average annual salary sitting at $78,768 per year, according to Payscale.
Studying IT networking can therefore pave the way for many lucrative job roles in the tech sector, and with much of this field overlapping with other areas in the industry; including cyber security, programming, and support – students will find their skills flexibly applicable across varying tech specialties. Additionally, as networking continues to merge with cloud computing technology (another rapidly expanding area of tech), professionals are bound to see even greater opportunities for skill development and employment.
To top this off, there are now plenty of educational pathways to build one’s skills in this field, including courses that offer online training. AIICT’s certificate and diploma programs in networking are examples of this, helping one get qualified through the flexible option of studying at a time, place, and pace of your choosing.
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