Analyze, design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. Research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Includes telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. May supervise computer programmers.
- Maintain needed files by adding and deleting files on the network server and backing up files to guarantee their safety in the event of problems with the network.
- Monitor system performance and provide security measures, troubleshooting and maintenance as needed.
- Assist users to diagnose and solve data communication problems.
- Set up user accounts, regulating and monitoring file access to ensure confidentiality and proper use.
- Design and implement systems, network configurations, and network architecture, including hardware and software technology, site locations, and integration of technologies.
- Maintain the peripherals, such as printers, that are connected to the network.
- Identify areas of operation that need upgraded equipment such as modems, fiber optic cables, and telephone wires.
- Train users in use of equipment.
- Develop and write procedures for installation, use, and troubleshooting of communications hardware and software.
- Adapt and modify existing software to meet specific needs.
- Work with other engineers, systems analysts, programmers, technicians, scientists and top-level managers in the design, testing and evaluation of systems.
- Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, and compatibility with existing system, and make purchase recommendations.
- Read technical manuals and brochures to determine which equipment meets establishment requirements.
- Consult customers, visit workplaces or conduct surveys to determine present and future user needs.
- Visit vendors, attend conferences or training and study technical journals to keep up with changes in technology.
- Broadcast Technicians
- Computer Programmers
- Computer Support Specialists
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
- Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
- Radio Operators
- Sound Engineering Technicians