Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Computer network administrators are employed by medium to large corporations, government departments and consulting firms. Some are self-employed consultants.
Advancement opportunities depend on the size of the organization and the employee's qualifications. Experienced computer network administrators may move into related occupations such as web technician or, with additional education, become computer programmers, interactive media developers or web designers.
Computer network administrators are part of a larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2281: Computer network technicians. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 5,300 Albertans are employed in the Computer network technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 80 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As computer network administrators form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for computer network administrators.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.