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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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.
Though AIICT cannot guarantee any job outcomes, our courses can help you build the basic skills you need to pursue entry-level positions or higher-level qualifications in the IT networking field.
Potential career pathways include:
ICT systems management. Our courses explore all the necessary skills required to ensure high-quality maintenance of a business’ network systems. Those tasked with overlooking these environments are often called ICT systems managers; professionals who help design, configure, support, and invest in the equipment and software needed to run efficient computer networks. They may also train workplace staff to use such systems, plan for further IT-related improvements, and assist with data backup and recovery procedures.
Network administration. With our programs focused on all the fundamentals of network maintenance and management, you can arm yourself with the basic skills to pursue network administrative roles. Similarly to ICT systems managers, network administrators ensure one’s computer systems are working as intended, with a stronger focus on network security; daily traffic monitoring and evaluation; user authentication, and the connectivity of devices.
Network security specialist. Cyber security forms a core area in both our networking courses, helping pave the way for employment in areas of network security. These professionals are cyber security experts who are focused on setting up, managing, and maintaining the tools required to ensure robust network security – including firewalls, VPNs, and e-mail protection. They constantly ensure that network hardware and software are up-to-date with current security requirements, and troubleshoot for vulnerabilities regularly.
AIICT currently offers two courses focused on IT networking skills:
ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)
ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)
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.
AIICT’s networking courses will explore all foundational areas critical to the profession, with many applicable to other IT roles and specialties.
Such skills explored include:
Network cyber security management
Virtual network management
Developing incident response plans
Developing disaster recovery and contingency plans
IT team management and leadership
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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