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LAN/WAN Industry & Jobs - #1 Fastest-Growing Job Sector For Next 10 Years

LAN/WAN is an acronym for Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) and represents a wide range of technologies that is essentially the communications, security, and monitoring/management infrastructure for all information technology (IT) activities. In today’s technology-focused, "everything internet" age, we are the mission-critical infrastructure used by EVERY company in EVERY industry.

WE IMPACT EVERYONE - Technologies that we are responsible for range from any and all routing, switching, security including firewalls, VPN, authentication, voice, wireless, and cloud/data center including DNS, DHCP, load balancing along with network monitoring and SDWAN.

For all of the above reasons, LAN/WAN technologies are used by virtually every organization. In fact, our members are represented in the "who's who" of major corporations including Cisco, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, IBM, Intel, Disney, Amazon, Blizzard, Wells Fargo, American Express, Viacom, CBS, Warner Bros, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Comcast, Walmart, General Motors and Exxon Mobile, among others.

In addition, every position in IT requires LAN/WAN skills either as a primary or secondary requirement. Whether you are working in desktop support, programming, servers, web or database, a solid understanding of LAN/WAN technologies will be beneficial to your career.

THREE REASONS - Why We Have A Severe Labor Shortage (Bad For Company/Great For You)

To date, there is a significant shortage of qualified LAN/WAN Professionals nationwide. This shortage is so severe that many companies have LAN/WAN positions that are left unfilled for up to 6 months. In fact, many companies are offering signing bonuses, relocation packages to lure qualified professionals from other companies. The following are 3 reasons as to why there is such a severe labor shortage.

  1. Expanded Definition of LAN/WAN - The definition of LAN/WAN has changed significantly in the past 20 years starting with routing and switching in the 1990s. By 2010, we have expanded to firewalls, VPN, wireless, VoIP, and Video. In the last 7 years, LAN/WAN technologies now include DNS/DHCP, IDS/IPS, authentication (AAA), server load balancing, WAN Optimization, Monitoring/Management, NextGen Security, SDWAN, Server Virtualization, and even Blade Server Technologies in Data Centers, among others.

  2. Every Industry Is Expanding LAN/WAN Usage - As stated above, every industry is significantly expanding its usage of LAN/WAN technologies. Most people are not aware of this due to the different terminology used to describe LAN/WAN activities. When you hear about cloud technologies, anything internet related (IoT, Social Networking, Online Gaming, etc), security, wireless, voice or even data center, you are talking about LAN/WAN. In fact, LAN/WAN is listed as one of the fastest-growing job sectors for the next 10 to 20 years.

  3. Extreme Labor Shortage For Next 10 Years - Currently the pool of qualified LAN/WAN candidates is not increasing. This is due to the fact that most schools focus on programming (CS/CIS) or general IT (MIS). Finally, the type of training schools provide is conceptually focused and inadequate. The result is an extreme labor shortage of qualified candidates. Just as important, it is expected that this shortage will continue for at least the next 5 to 10 years. For this reason, this is the best time to be working in LAN/WAN.

LAN/WAN Jobs - $60,000 to over $210,000 per year

The terms ''entry-'', ''mid-'', and ''senior-level'' can be used in reference to both (1) work experience and (2) job category. For example, in the medical industry, a nurse's position is lower level by job category than the position of a doctor. A nurse with over 20 years of experience may be considered senior-level based upon work experience, but is still entry-level by position category. On the other hand, the position of a doctor is considered senior-level by job category even if the doctor just graduated from medical school and has no previous experience.

LAN/WAN Jobs (Mid to Senior Level by Job Category) - LAN/WAN Professionals are responsible for a wide range of technologies that are (1) mission-critical, (2) have high impact, and (3) have a significant financial consequence to every company. For this reason, you are a valued member of every organization. Just as important, even entry-level LAN/WAN positions are mid-level by position category. For these reasons, the compensation ranges for LAN/WAN jobs range from $60,000 to $90,000 (entry) to $90,000 to $150,000 (mid).

For members who possess the background and motivation to seek senior-level LAN/WAN positions, compensation begins around $150,000 to $210,000 per year and can easily exceed over $300,000 per year depending on company size and position level. In fact, executive-level members working for national and multinational corporations can even earn salaries that exceed $1,000,000 per year.

FIVE JOB TYPES - $60,000 to over $210,000 per year (Click on "+" To Get Details)

ONE: Escalation Support (Great Starting/Remote Job) - $60,000 to over $132,000 Per Year

TWO: Administrators (Most Common Role/Very Stable) - $72,000 to $180,000 Per Year

THREE: Engineers (Tech Savvy Candidates/Career Fast Track) - $78,000 to over $210,000 Per Year

FOUR: Architect/Project (Great Sr Non-Management Role) - $90,000 to over $300,000 Per Year

FIVE: Management (Shortage Of Qualified Managers) – $120,000 to over $480,000 Per Year

GET Grant/Attend Camp - Find Out What LAN/WAN Job You Qualify For

If you are a qualified, career-focused candidate who is serious about employment in LAN/WAN earning $60,000 to over $150,000 per year and desires to get full details regarding the various LAN/WAN job opportunities and exactly what LAN/WAN jobs are right for you, you can QUALIFY to receive a grant that covers up to 100% of the cost of a 2-day LAN/WAN Camp. During camp, you will receive a comprehensive understanding of the LAN/WAN industry including thorough details regarding every LAN/WAN job type listed above. In addition, you will be able to get critical answers to important questions you may have from senior LAN/WAN Professionals who know exactly what it takes to get these roles. By the end of camp, you will be able to formulate a custom action plan that gets you into upgraded LAN/WAN employment.