This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

3.0% probability

of automation

6.1% growth

projected to 2026

391,300 employed

currently in the US

$84,500 annual wage

US, median ($40.63 hourly)

What they do

Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures. Excludes “Information Security Analysts”(15-1122), “Computer User Support Specialists” (15-1151), and “Computer Network Support Specialists” (15-1152).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 3.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 109 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 391,300 people have this job. They earn $84,500 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $33,064,850,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $40.63.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 6.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 415,200 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).