Updated July 2023
Today's network technicians have a lot on their plates, from security issues and optimization to Internet of Things (IoT) challenges and new cloud technology.
Never have our computer networks been more complex—and never have they faced so many threats.
But on the plus side, all of that complexity is creating high demand for skilled network technicians. There are so many opportunities out there for well-trained technicians and administrators.
And if you plan on becoming a network technician in Canada, you're perfectly positioned to take advantage of this trend. The Government of Canada Job Bank has awarded network technician four out of five stars for job outlook in almost every part of the country.
So what does it take to break into this industry, and land the best jobs in network administration? What skills should newcomers be focusing on during training and continuing to improve throughout their careers?
Let's take a look at seven essential networking skills every employer will look for in new recruits.
These are the fundamentals (and a few advanced skills) you'll need to get hired—and stay hired— as a network technician.