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Studying Computer Networking

Is your biggest pet-peeve slow-loading websites and YouTube videos? If so, then you’ve got to thank computer networking professionals for the work they do in keeping the internet and computer networks up and running. These professionals design, run and maintain networks of all sizes—ranging from home and small business to servers spanning continents and serving giants like Amazon and Netflix and also underground cables and fibre optic cables in the oceans.

Some of the most sought-after New Zealand universities, colleges and institutes you could study at are:

  • TOI-Ohomai Institute of Technology
  • ARA

Salary and Career Prospects

Computer networking professionals are needed by virtually every company in every sector. They find employment in traditional IT and tech companies and IT functions of accountancy and professional services consultancies, engineering, retail and hospitality companies and government.

Some of the roles computer networking graduates take up are: Network Engineer, Network Operations Engineer, Node Operator and Networking Consultant.

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, job role, location and experience. As a guide, computer networking specialists earn an average of $70,000 a year (33 lakhs INR).

Why study in New Zealand?

New Zealand is fast emerging as one of the best study destinations for international students. Most universities, colleges and institutions in New Zealand are government-owned and funded and maintain high teaching and learning standards.

It terms of economy, New Zealand’s is largely home-grown. Some of biggest companies based there are Air New Zealand (airliner), Spark New Zealand (telecoms company), Progressive Enterprises (retail) and Fletcher Building (construction company). Auckland ranks consistently among the world’s most liveable cities and has a thriving start-up scene.

Kiwis, as people living in New Zealand are affectionately called, enjoy year-round good weather, high salaries, access to spectacular beaches and a healthy work-life balance. The country’s breathtakingly beautiful landscape, ski resorts, lakes and national parks attract millions of tourists every year.

International graduates are typically offered post-study work visas of up to 3 years upon graduation.

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