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Wide Area Networking Technology

Job Outlook

Significant Points

  • Rapid job growth is projected over the 2004-14 period.
  • There are many paths of entry to these occupations.
  • Job prospects should be best for college graduates who are up to date with the latest skills and technologies; certifications and practical experience are essential for persons without degrees.

Earnings

Median annual earnings of computer support specialists were $40,430 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $30,980 and $53,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $69,110 . Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer support specialists in May 2004 were as follows:

Software publishers $44,890
Management of companies and rnterprises 42,780
Computer systems design and related services 42,750
Colleges, universities, and professional Schools 37,940
Elementary and secondary schools 35,500

Median annual earnings of network and computer systems administrators were $58,190 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $46,260 and $73,620. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $91,300. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of network and computer systems administrators in May 2004 were as follows:

Wired telecommunications carriers $65,120
Computer systems design and related services 63,710
Management of companies and rnterprises 61,600
Elementary and secondary schools 51,420
Colleges, universities, and professional Schools 51,170

According to Robert Half International, starting salaries in 2005 ranged from $26,250 to $53,750 for help-desk and technical support staff and from $44,500 to $63,250 for more senior technical support specialists. For systems administrators, starting salaries in 2005 ranged from $47,250 to $70,500.

Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos268.htm.


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