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Computer network analysts have a unique role on the IT team because they are just as involved in IT as with the business side of the organization. Your overall objective is to identify business issues and use your tech savvy to create computer-based solutions to support strategies.

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about network analysts

The size, power, strength and reliability of your computer system play a large role in a company’s success today. Virtually all companies rely on a strong computer network, and it is a network analyst’s job to ensure companies can maximize the effectiveness of their computer system and customize it to meet business goals and objectives. This is why many network analysts also have a background in business or have an MBA.

If you have strong business acumen and a background in computer networking, you can blend these skills and have a successful career as a network analyst. 

what network analyst jobs entail

Network analysts work in an office setting and spend most of their day working on a computer. Expect to work a normal 40-hour workweek. Some overtime may be required to meet project deadlines or to troubleshoot network issues. You will spend a lot of time working with the IT team as well as the business development team to ensure solutions meet business needs and are executed on the IT side. Some companies offer flex hours with the opportunity to work from home.

average network analyst salaries in canada

The average yearly salary for network analysts working in the technology sector in Canada is about $60,000. On the low end of the salary scale, you can expect to make $45,000. At the top end of the compensation scale, you can make up to $90,000 or more per year. Skills such as VoIP, switches and firewall installation and VMware can help boost your earning potential. Performance bonuses may also be included in your compensation package.

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your day to day tasks

Day-to-day tasks will vary based on the type of projects you are working on and business priorities. Here are some of the common responsibilities for a network analyst:

  • improving network security
  • working on special projects
  • installation of network solutions
  • managing network projects
  • evaluating network systems
  • training staff on network solutions
  • troubleshooting
  • reporting on IT projects to key decision makers

where you can work

Computer network analysts can work in a number of industries. You will find more opportunities with finance institutions, larger retailers, and with government agencies in cities across Canada. Network analysts also work for IT consulting firms, who offer network services from small businesses to large corporations in a variety of industries. If you work for a consulting company, you can expect to travel regularly and occasionally work out of your client’s office.  

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what you bring to the table

Network analysts bring a combination of business and IT skills to the table. Here are some of the skills hiring companies are seeking in candidates:

  • switches and firewall installation
  • microsoft exchange
  • cisco networking
  • virtualization
  • network management and administration
  • VoIP
  • SQL
  • visual basic
  • C++, java
  • SAP

training and certifications

The more education you have, the further you will be able to advance your career as a network analyst. Today, most hiring companies are looking for candidate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer networking or related areas of study. Some will consider candidates with a college diploma if they possess network certification such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or similar. Experience in networking and a track record of success is also important to hiring companies. 

where your career is headed

Networking and Information Technology are great careers to pursue. The industry continues to evolve, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Many network analysts move on to more senior IT roles such as senior network analyst, network administrator, senior systems administrator, and information technology consultant roles. With the right amount of experience and industry connections, some network analysts become independent consultants and run their own business. Job prospects in this area look good for the foreseeable future.

Do you work in the technology field? Have experience in computer networking? Randstad Canada can help you find a network analyst job in your area that meets your skill and experience level. Contact us today to start your search.

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    2019-06-18 Regina, Saskatchewan Temporary

    Our client is seeking a Senior Security Analyst who has a minimum of 5 years of recent and practical IT experience, and a minimum of 3 years working as part of a security team. ...

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