Network/data communications managers are primarily responsible for maintaining data-transmission networks and supporting data processing systems for a company or client, as well as managing staff members who install, monitor, and analyze equipment and software and resolve any errors. These managers must map out transmissions and find ways to improve data-transfers and communication, as well as identify security threats, and they also study each network for cost-effectiveness. Using collected statistics, they also monitor trends in data in order to maintain network connections and make necessary changes.
Network/data communications managers typically hire and train their own teams in telecommunications and data processing, and additional training may occasionally be necessary depending on clients and their needs. These managers may also perform tests on communication systems to ensure proper functioning, both in-person and through built-in software and testing the data and coding.
Aspiring network/data communications managers should have at least two years of experience as a system programmer or one year in database administration or a similar position, and a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science or a related field may also be required. These managers should be experts in computers and programming and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as they must interpret large amounts of data on a regular basis and communicate this data in clear and understandable ways. Time-management and quality control are also important for both the managers and their teams of employees.
Network/Data Communications Manager Tasks
Manage data center operations staff, which installs, maintains, monitors, analyzes, and troubleshoots data center equipment and software.
Report to management the status of all events per the escalation procedures.
Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
Implement upgrade schedules to ensure facilities have required capacity and to react to unforseen demand.