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Network manager

Alternative titles for this job include Network administrator, IT manager

Network managers help design, install and run an organisation's IT, data and telephone systems.

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become Network manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training with a private provider

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree before applying for a job as a trainee network manager.

Relevant subjects include:

  • computer networking
  • network engineering
  • computer science
  • cyber security and networks

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could apply for an apprenticeship, for example:

  • Network Engineer Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Digital Technology Solutions Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship - networking option

You could enrol on a Digital Technology Solutions Specialist Level 7 Postgraduate Apprenticeship, with a networking option, if you already have a relevant degree.

These apprenticeships can take up to 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could move into network management if you have relevant computing experience. 

For example from working as a:

  • network engineer
  • senior IT support technician
  • IT delivery manager

Other Routes

You might be able to get an industry recognised certificate, such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+, through a private training provider. This may help you to find a trainee position with a company.

You'll normally need a good level of technical ability to complete these certificates.

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Career tips

There are many private IT training providers out there. If you choose this route, do your research to make sure it's the right option for you.

Further information

You can find out more about computing careers and training through The Chartered Institute for IT and techskills.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • customer service skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a network manager, you could:

  • design, test and install computer networks to meet clients' needs
  • put network security measures in place
  • plan back up and recovery systems
  • monitor, improve and report on network performance and usage
  • identify problems and fix them
  • manage a team of technical staff and relationships with suppliers

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You'll need to keep your skills up to date, for example in mobile and 'cloud' technologies. You can do this through training and industry certifications.

With experience, you could move into:

  • wider IT project management
  • service planning and delivery
  • information security
  • business analysis
  • freelance consultancy

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice L4 Network Field Engineer

  • Wage: £19,000 a year Annually
  • Location: 2 King Charles Street, Leeds

Software Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage: Competitive Annually
  • Location: 2nd floor Nova South, London

Courses In England

Level 3 - Certificate in Networking and Cybersecurity ADULT P/T

  • Provider: RNN GROUP
  • Start date: 13 January 2025
  • Location: Rotherham

Networking and Architecture - January Start Award 3

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 January 2025
  • Location: Manchester

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