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Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.Education
Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.
Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.Other Experience
To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.Advancement
Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.
Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.
Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.
Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.
Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.
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Hispanic or Latino12.6%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix21.1%
Austin Community College6.2%
University of Central Oklahoma5.7%
University of Maryland - University College5.0%
Community College of the Air Force4.7%
Texas State University4.5%
University of Houston4.0%
University of Oklahoma3.5%
University of Texas at Austin3.2%
American InterContinental University3.2%
San Antonio College3.2%
Anne Arundel Community College3.2%
Northern Virginia Community College3.2%
Oklahoma City Community College3.0%
Western Governors University3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Administrator II||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2014||$126,508|
|CRM Configurator/Admin Tech Lead||Hyundai Autoever America, LLC||Fountain Valley, CA||Jan 18, 2016||$120,546|
|Database Administrator Technical Lead||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||Boston, MA||Mar 12, 2013||$117,510|
|CRM Configurator/Admin Tech Lead||Hyundai Information Service North America, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Nov 14, 2013||$113,586|
|Technical Administrator III||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Sep 07, 2013||$110,000|
|Storage Administrator/Technical Subject Matter EXP||CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.||Sacramento, CA||May 03, 2012||$102,000|
|Database Administrator Technician||Active Health Management||New York, NY||Aug 25, 2014||$101,047|
|Admin Tech Lead||SLK America Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Jul 10, 2014||$99,687|
|DBA Technical Lead||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||Boston, MA||Dec 03, 2010||$95,098 -
|Technical Administrator III||The Advisory Board Company||Austin, TX||Aug 10, 2015||$94,300|
|BPC Technical Administrator||The AES Corporation||Arlington, VA||Sep 24, 2010||$93,974 -
|Technical Administrator II||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Jan 28, 2014||$81,197|
|Administrator, IT Project Management||Nationwide Insurance||Columbus, OH||Sep 04, 2013||$73,300 -
|Administrator, Litigation Technologies Advisory SE||Copies On Premise, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 18, 2013||$73,000|
|Technical Administrator||Optimal Solutions Integration Inc.||Irving, TX||Nov 08, 2011||$73,000|
|Technical Administrator||Optimal Solutions Integration Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 20, 2012||$73,000|
|Land Administration IT Systems and Business Analys||Manatron, Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 01, 2014||$71,751|
|Administrator, Litigation Technologies Advisory SE||Copies On Premises, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 19, 2010||$68,890|
|Administrator, IT Project Management||Nationwide Insurance||Dublin, OH||Aug 18, 2015||$66,000 -
|Administrator, IT Systems||Conmed Corporation||Utica, NY||Sep 11, 2013||$65,000|
|Administrator, IT Systems||Conmed Corporation||Utica, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$65,000|
|Cost and Technology Administrator||Mederes Trim Service||Houston, TX||May 10, 2016||$64,002|
|Technical Administrator II||Dish Network L.L.C.||Englewood, CO||Dec 15, 2011||$55,000|
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