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Network Operations Center Technicians

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Learn as much as you can about computer networks, other IT infrastructure, and careers in the field by reading books (such as Networking All-in-One For Dummies, by Doug Lowe), watching YouTube videos, taking computer networking classes, joining IT clubs, attending IT-related summer exploration programs, and talking with NOC technicians about their jobs. You should also participate in student competitions to build your skills and meet people with shared interests. SkillsUSA is a national membership organization for middle school, high school, and college students who are interested in pursuing careers in technical, trade, and skilled service occupations. It offers several computer-related competitions. For example, in its Information Technology Services competition, contestants are tasked with configuring and securing networks, using troubleshooting software and tools, identifying the origin of virus and malwares, and performing other tasks. Visit for more information.

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