What does a Network Specialist do?

Network specialists manage networks and ensure they function efficiently by collecting performance data, monitoring its security, troubleshooting issues, anticipating problems, and performing routine maintenance. Network specialists maintain software and hardware and monitor systems for glitches or disturbances. They analyze technical problems and seek to develop workable solutions and establish network specifications and issues by consulting with system end-users when analyzing workflow and security requirements. They look at performance issues within the network including availability, throughput, and latency and install, configure, and troubleshoot equipment and established connections and set up firewalls.

Network specialists also define the policies and procedures of the network. After a network is established, network specialists monitor and analyze it. They also train and prepare users to utilize network safety through training sessions and serve as a reference. They perform systems upgrades, and test, evaluate, and install network enhancements. Network specialists need a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer information systems, or computer networking.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Network Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,785 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$53K
Median: $71K
$95K
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Network Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become a Network Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Network Specialist Insights

Read what Network Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
IBMIBM
Network Specialist
Apr. 9, 2021

“no hikes and i feel growth little slow for freshers”

CSS CorporationCSS Corporation
Network Specialist
Aug. 29, 2020

“Fair play to learn and grow in career”

Bell CanadaBell Canada
Network Specialist
Dec. 4, 2020

“Good for older people but not for young guys”

Shaw CommunicationsShaw Communications
Network Analyst I
Mar. 15, 2021

“Great team to work with”

LanWan Professional
IT Network Specialist
Dec. 4, 2019

“Great people to work with”

Bell CanadaBell Canada
Network Specialist
Jul. 24, 2021

“good career opportunities”

Bell CanadaBell Canada
Network Specialist
Jul. 24, 2021

“good learning opportunities”

Texas Department of Criminal JusticeTexas Department of Criminal Justice
Network Specialist II
Mar. 9, 2021

“Good boss (for me).”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a network specialist

When working as a network specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are LAN WAN, ISDN, Routing Protocols, Microsoft Windows and HDLC.

The most similar professions to network specialist are:
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a network specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.