Networking / Security Degrees

Career summary: Network Administrators

Average Salary


National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook


12% job growth by 2022, which is slightly faster than average

Earn a degree in networking / security from an accredited college

Networking is the communications of media and information through digital devices and over networks like the Internet. It involves working directly with hardware as well as software programs. Within networking, you may have responsibilities concerning security and dealing with user violations. It has a fine outlook and promises to be rewarding to motivated people interested in logic, math, and technology.


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Why should I get a networking degree?

If you have an analytical approach to problem solving, and you have an interest in the science-math-engineering disciplines, networking may be a good career for you. You will get to manipulate current technologies to communicate. You may also be in charge of securing information from corruptive and intrusive external sources (like alien invaders!). Your future will be secure if you choose to major in a computer-science related area. It’s the fastest growing sector of the economy, and networking is a significant part of information technology.

Job Description

What kinds of jobs could I get with my degree?

Some of the most common jobs you can expect are network administrator, network support specialist, security analyst, and telecommunications engineer. The top industries for this field include technical and professional services, information and media, and self-employment. If you change your mind, some related careers are those like computer programmer, radio operater, desktop publisher, electrician, database administrator, website designer, and many others.

5 Common Jobs

  • network administrator
  • network support specialist
  • information security analyst
  • telecommunications engineer
  • computer network architect


How much will I make?

The median wages for information security, network architecture, web development, and telecommunications engineering was $75,660 in 2010. If you work as a network administrator, you can expect about $69,160 annually. Computer network support specialists received a median salary of $46,260.

Career Outlook

How is the job market?

The outlook is excellent. From 2008-2018 employment for most jobs in networking are expecting to grow more than 20%. If you are well qualified, which includes substantial experience with computers or networking systems, you have a good chance of getting hired.

Career Path

What skills do I need?

Math and logical thinking ability, organization, are important characteristics for success in this field. You should be persistent, pay attention to detail, and value investigation and enterprise. Some computer experience is strongly recommended. It will probably be reviewed for employment. An interest in blogging, website management, communication and visual or written media—tweets, e-mail, facebooking, and the like—may also be helpful.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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