Network systems/data communications analysts are responsible for developing and maintaining LANs (local area networks) and WANs (wide area networks). Some positions include monitoring VOIP connections as well.
Network systems/data communications analysts will usually report to a senior adviser in the same area. Expectations for this position vary greatly depending on the employer and the company's requirements. For instance, some companies will accept a number of years of experience in the area in the place of a formal degree while others require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
This position requires in-depth computer knowledge and understanding of how networks function. Virtually all work is done indoors and while a large number of professionals in this field actually work for computer-related services, it is not uncommon for aerospace manufacturing companies, transportation services or even governments and other enterprises to contract a network analyst.
Anyone interested in this type of work should have both good verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to think on their feet since troubleshooting is one of the most common tasks. Since internet connections are typically needed on a constant basis, this job is often contracted in shifts in order to always have someone on hand. Some commuting may be required as well depending on the type of company that is contracting.
As networks and the use of internet are ever increasing, so is the demand for professionals in this area.
Network Systems / Data Communications Analyst Tasks
- Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
- Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
- Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
- Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.