Computer Network Support Specialists (15-1152)

Occupation description:  Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Excludes Network and Computer Systems Administrators (15-1142) and Computer Network Architects (15-1143).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 357372 4.27 1928
United States 198,800215,200 8.34,200 10,70016,540

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 32.4617.7722.85 29.9739.4250.59
Alaska 28.5219.3222.08 26.6233.0543.80
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.3118.3421.26 25.1430.3742.73
Southeast Region 32.8422.5526.00 29.7537.2747.74
Balance of State 28.4819.7922.90 27.4032.4642.55

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
37645 12.038.4 25.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation89
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation42
UI claimants previously working in occupation20
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 138
Number of job position postings 44
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
CompTIA Network+

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Information Technology Certificate

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Computer Networking Systems AAS

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Cybersecurity Management & Policy BS
Information Assurance Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
COMP TIA Network+ Certification Certificate
Information Technology Support Specialist I Certificate
Information Technology Support Specialist II Certificate
Internet and Computing Core Certification Certificate

 Degree
Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Computer Science BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Cisco Certified Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Technology AAS
Computer & Networking Technology CT1
Computer & Networking Technology CT2
Computer Science BA
Computer Science BS
Technical Support OEC
Telecom Elect & Computer Tech AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Cisco Certified Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Technology AAS
Telecom Elect & Computer Tech AAS
Telecommunication & Electronic System CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Science BS
Computer Science MS

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC
Networking Essentials OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Network and System Administration OEC
Network Technician OEC

 Degree
WinCertification   (Red Devil)
Cisco: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Tech
CompTIA: Network+ Technician
CompTIA: Security+ Technician
Microsoft Windows Server
Microsoft: Installation of Windows 7

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)