Computer network professionals work with the design and development of computer systems. They implement and configure network hardware and software, and provide user support. They provide specialist skills in troubleshooting network problems and emergencies.

Where computer network professionals are employed

Computer network professionals work in Information Technology (IT) specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as in other industries requiring IT expertise. Computer engineers are often employed by equipment vendors and work closely on client hardware and software installation, and also provide general product support. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.


Full-time computer network professionals in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

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In 2011 there were 1,041 people employed full-time as computer network professionals in South Australia compared with 962 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a computer network professional you usually have to study electronics, computer, computer systems or software engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, chemistry, physics and mathematics are normally required. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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