Network and computer systems administrators, network architects, database administrators, computer security specialists, web administrators and web developers normally work in well-lighted, comfortable offices or computer laboratories. Most work about 40 hours a week. However, about 15 percent of network and systems administrators, 14 percent of database administrators and about 16 percent of network systems and data communications analysts (which includes network architects, telecommunications specialists, web administrators, and web developers) worked more than 50 hours per week in 2008. In addition, some of these workers may be required to be ?on call? outside of normal business hours in order to resolve system failures or other problems.
As computer networks expand, more of these workers may be able to perform their duties from remote locations, reducing or eliminating the need to travel to the customer's workplace.
Injuries in these occupations are uncommon, but like other workers who spend long periods in front of a computer terminal typing on a keyboard, these workers are susceptible to eyestrain, back discomfort and hand and wrist problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.