The Network Analyst is always a step ahead of the game. He or she must stay on top the IT market, and also, keep an eye toward the future and what technology it's likely to bring. The Network Analyst must have familiarity with a large number of software and technologies because it is his or her job to assess the quality and usability of many different products. Today's Network Analysts will have vastly different resumes depending on their fields of interest and levels of expertise. However, no matter what kind of company they work for, Network Analysts are likely to select and develop network designs, evaluate new application performance over the network and assure adequate network resources are defined and deployed, and generally support new business requirements and growth. A Network Analyst is more likely to find employment at mid- to large size companies since smaller businesses may not have the need or resources for one.
The Network Analyst should come to work armed with a B.S. in Computer Science or related industry experience. Companies will likely require him or her to have a sound understanding of the Internet, experience in Local and Wide Area Networks, and a strong server configuration background. Most companies also prefer candidates who have had experience providing analysis, recommendations, and coordination of network projects; issuing tactical and strategic advice; and supplying project documentation and management reports. The experienced Network Analyst will be well versed in firewalls, network reporting, network caching, application analysis, and/or web performance monitoring.