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Network Analyst / Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Network Analyst or Specialist plans, implements, tests and maintains computer systems within a company. Analyses businesses to identify problems and recommends suitable technical solutions. May provide technical assistance and training.

Job Outlook

There were 731 Network Analyst / Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 20974 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network Engineer / Architect industry, which includes the Network Analyst / Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Network Analyst / Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,036.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $82,190.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Network Analyst / Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $61,794.

Education and Experience

Posted Network Analyst / Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree16.75%
Bachelor's Degree52.9%
Master's Degree10.15%
Doctoral Degree4.03%
Other14.49%

Posted Network Analyst / Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years32.67%
3 to 5 years41.29%
6 to 8 years15.91%
9+ years10.13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Network Analyst / Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (36.91%)
  • Operations (34.88%)
  • Management (29.4%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (29.34%)
  • Customer Service (18.89%)
  • Problem Solving (18.72%)
  • Planning (15.55%)
  • Leadership (15.25%)
  • Information Technology (14.44%)
  • Writing (12.54%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Network Analysis (18.2%)
  • Network Administration (15.41%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Auditing (9.96%)
  • Disaster Recovery (4.29%)
  • Change Management (4.7%)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (4.99%)
  • Automation (7.24%)
  • Wireless Networks (4.71%)
  • Network Support (11.23%)
  • Technical Support (10.52%)
  • Networking Hardware (14.04%)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) (4.92%)
  • Operating Systems (15.26%)
  • Local Area Networks (18.9%)
  • Vulnerability (11.51%)
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) (11.66%)
  • Scripting (6.52%)
  • Network Switches (18.26%)
  • Network Routing (13.15%)
  • Network Security (17.69%)
  • Wide Area Networks (18.71%)
  • Network Protocols (5.92%)
  • Computer Science (26.7%)
  • Computer Networks (18.55%)
  • TCP/IP (9.11%)
  • Microsoft Azure (8.24%)
  • Telecommunications (13.35%)
  • Information Systems (13.47%)
  • Project Management (14.63%)
  • Linux (6.91%)
  • Network Troubleshooting (8.96%)
  • Firewall (22.84%)
  • Network Infrastructure (15.87%)
  • Cyber Security (13.18%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Juniper Network Technologies (5.26%)
  • Fortinet (3.08%)
  • Cisco Networking (4.77%)
  • Cisco Routers (2.38%)
  • Network Management (4.72%)
  • Routing Protocols (4.79%)
  • Identity Services Engine (4.53%)
  • Wireless LAN (4.12%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Cisco Routers (21.82%)
  • Network Management (43.22%)
  • Identity Services Engine (41.48%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Network Analyst / Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Network Analyst
  • Network Specialist
  • Network Exploitation Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Operations Analyst
  • Provider Network Specialist
  • Network Infrastructure Specialist
  • Digital Network Analyst
  • Computer Network Defense Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Network Analyst / Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Leidos (816)
  • Windstream (259)
  • WSP Global (234)
  • UnitedHealth Group (194)
  • Logicalis (193)
  • TEKsystems (162)
  • AT&T (152)
  • ASGN (150)
  • Humana (146)
  • Edward Jones (139)

North Carolina

  • TEKsystems (18)
  • WSP Global (16)
  • Randstad (16)
  • Allegis Group (14)
  • Duke University (11)
  • First Citizens Bank (10)
  • State of North Carolina (10)
  • Aevex Aerospace (8)
  • MetLife (8)
  • Humana (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!