Network Manager

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
IT Industry

What you will do:

You could:

  • assess a client’s computing requirements
  • design and test network plans to meet your client’s needs
  • put in place network security measures
  • plan back up and recovery systems
  • monitor and report on network performance and usage
  • identify problems and then fix them
  • manage other staff (leadership)


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • customer service skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Network Manager, you’ll need a strong educational foundation in computer science, networking, and IT-related subjects. While there are no specific GCSE (or equivalent) subject requirements for this career, excelling in certain subjects and developing relevant skills during your education can be highly beneficial. Here are the subjects and skills to consider:

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics is fundamental to computer science and networking. Strong math skills will help you understand complex algorithms and calculations involved in network management.
  2. Sciences: While not a strict requirement, Computer Science and Physics can be advantageous. Computer Science will introduce you to fundamental programming and IT concepts, and Physics can help you understand some of the physical principles behind network technologies.
  3. Information Technology (IT): IT or related subjects can provide you with a basic understanding of computer systems, software, and networking fundamentals.
  4. English: Good written and verbal communication skills are essential for documenting network configurations, explaining technical concepts to colleagues, and providing leadership and guidance to your team.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

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

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 and security
  • networks and communications systems
  • computer science
  • digital communications and networks

You could complete a network engineer higher apprenticeship or a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

You could move into network management if you have relevant experience. For example, working as a network engineer, senior IT support technician or IT manager.

Other Routes
You may be able to get an industry-recognised certificate like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+ through a private training provider.

You normally need to work in IT or have a high level of technical ability to get one of these certificates.

Working Hours and Environment:

Your typical working hours could be variable.

You could work in an office.

Career Path & 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.

You could move into:

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