Computer Network Professionals
Computer Network Professionals research, analyse and recommend strategies for network architecture and development, implement, manage, maintain and configure network hardware and software, and monitor and optimise performance, and troubleshoot and provide user support.
analysing, developing, interpreting and evaluating complex system design and architecture specifications, data models and diagrams in the development, configuration and integration of computer systems
researching, analysing, evaluating and monitoring network infrastructure to ensure networks are configured to operate at optimal performance
assessing and recommending improvements to network operations and integrated hardware, software, communications and operating systems
providing specialist skills in supporting and troubleshooting network problems and emergencies
installing, configuring, testing, maintaining and administering new and upgraded networks, software database applications, servers and workstations
providing network programming in support of specific business needs and requirements
preparing and maintaining procedures and documentation for network inventory, and recording diagnosis and resolution of network faults, enhancements and modifications to networks, and maintenance instructions
monitoring network traffic, and activity, capacity and usage to ensure continued integrity and optimal network performance
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow very strongly
- is likely to reach 43,200 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 92% of people employed as Computer Network Professionals work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than half of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $2,210 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,766
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,636
Median hourly earnings are $59, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Computer Network Professionals||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Computer Network Professionals||All Jobs Average|
Around 83% of Computer Network Professionals live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Computer Network Professionals is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 8% of the workforce. This is 40 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Computer Network Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in a related information technology field (such as network engineering or computer networks and systems) is usually needed to work as a Computer Network Professional. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Computer Network Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||18.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.6||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Computer Network Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
57%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
56%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Designing and improving equipment and technology.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking to others.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
82%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
58%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
56%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
56%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
51%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
41%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
35%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
33%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
31%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
30%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
28%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
57%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
50%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
46%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
84%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
78%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
73%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
67%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
67%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
67%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
63%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
63%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
58%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
57%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
56%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
54%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
53%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
53%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
52%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
50%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
47%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
89%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
87%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
84%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
81%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
80%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
71%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
71%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
66%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
65%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
64%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
61%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.00 - Computer Network Architects.