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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 337357 5.92 57
United States 181,000194,600 7.51,360 2,3303,690

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 32.5817.8122.86 30.1339.6950.92
Alaska 32.1719.5323.38 30.2940.7448.04
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.0718.8522.49 32.4842.8649.24
Southeast Region 30.8722.2325.61 28.7533.4642.50
Balance of State 28.8219.7723.11 27.7534.1642.80

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
36736 9.834.3 21.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation90
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation46
UI claimants previously working in occupation14
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 128
Number of job position postings 39
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.3

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

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

AVTEC   (Seward)
Information Technology Certificate

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Computer Networking Systems AAS

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

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
COMP TIA Network+ Certification Certificate
Information Technology Support Specialist I Certificate
Information Technology Support Specialist II Certificate

North Star Computing   (Fairbanks)
CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Certificate
Network+ Certification Objectives Prep Certificate

Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Computer Science BA

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Cisco Cert Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Tech AAS
Computer & Networking Tech CT2

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Cisco Cert Network Associate OEC
Computer & Networking Tech AAS

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)