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Network manager

Network managers supervise the design, installation and running of IT, data and telephony systems in an organisation.

Potential salary

£22,000 to £70,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Typically your responsibilities will include:

  • assessing a client's computing requirements
  • designing and testing network plans to meet your client's needs
  • putting in place network security measures
  • planning back up and recovery systems
  • organising preventative maintenance schedules
  • monitoring and reporting on network performance and usage
  • supervising technical staff
  • managing network growth and development

You could work in an office.

You'll need to keep your skills up to date, for example in mobile and 'cloud' technologies. You can do this through professional development training and industry certifications.

You can move into project and information management, service planning and delivery, information security, business analysis or freelance consultancy.

You can find out more about computing careers and training through The Chartered Institute for IT and Tech Future Careers.

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