Information Technology Specialists have the great responsibility of maintaining, processing, and troubleshooting military computer systems and operations. A few decades ago this job was completely different, but as the times and technology changes, so does the need to have highly skilled and technical members of our military handling the way the military communicates vital information throughout the chain of command and beyond.

Is there a clearance required?: Yes

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

Installs, operates and maintains computer systems and local area networks (LAN). Performs system administration (SA) and maintains computers and servers within the computing environment (CE) and the network environment (NE). Performs network administration (NA); installs, configures and maintains network equipment within the LAN. Installs, operates, and maintains commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment (i.e. routers, switches, desktop and laptop computers). Provides direct support for Information Dissemination and Content Staging. Performs Network Operations (NETOPS) Service Desk Management, which includes incident and problem processing, change request processing, availability management and user interaction. Assists in the planning, configuration, management, and monitoring of the wide area network (WAN).

Military Duties Translated:

They troubleshoot issues, ensure network security, create and configure networks, and provide technical support. They typically work full-time, and they might have to work late nights or on weekends, depending on the needs of their company. This position typically involves working in an office setting; however, some Cisco network engineers must travel between sites to see clients. Cisco network engineers can work as part of the IT department for a company, or they might work as part of an external company that deals with multiple clients. Companies that employ Cisco network engineers have sophisticated IT systems and typically include schools and hospitals, banks, retailers, and large government departments.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Cisco Network Engineer