Networking is an important career development skill that is worth developing. Computer networking is an engineering discipline that aims to study and analyze the communication process among various computing devices or computer systems that are linked, or networked, together to exchange information and share resources.
Before deciding on a career in computer networking, we might consider whether we have the personal characteristics that would benefit us in this line of work. Problem-solving is by far the No. 1 activity for computer networking specialists, and the ability to solve problems quickly and creatively is essential.
Education options for computer networking professionals range from associate's degrees with certifications, to master's degrees for some positions. Webmasters and telecommunications specialists are examples of computer networking professionals for whom associate's degrees in computer science, combined with professional experience, are all that's required. However, for more advanced jobs, bachelor's degrees are recommended.
Here are some basic tasks for which a network administrator may be responsible:
Setting up and configuring network hardware and software
Installing and configuring network media and connections
Connecting user nodes and peripherals of all kinds to the network
Adding users to and removing users from the network
Managing user accounts, such as passwords, storage space, and file-access privileges
Creating and maintaining a system for backing up data and program files
Ensuring the security of the network
Managing the organization's e-mail system
Managing users' ability to access the Internet via the network
Training users to utilize the network's resources