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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 Latino11.4%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix28.3%
University of Houston4.0%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
American InterContinental University3.6%
Grand Canyon University3.6%
Southern New Hampshire University3.4%
Michigan State University3.3%
New York University3.3%
University of Central Florida2.9%
University of North Texas2.8%
Northern Virginia Community College2.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Informatica Administrator||IST, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 16, 2016||$155,140|
|IP Telephony Administrator||Itech Us, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$148,366|
|Troux Administrator (Enterprise Architect & SR. Developer||Tekplant, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Jul 06, 2015||$145,600 -
|Tibco Administrator||ECOM Solutions Inc.||Torrance, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$145,000|
|Unica Administrator||ICSA Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jul 12, 2016||$144,000|
|Unica Administrator||ICSA Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jun 12, 2016||$144,000|
|Hyperion Administrator||Ciber, Inc.||Plano, TX||Feb 16, 2015||$143,000|
|Documentum Administrator||AINS Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Feb 10, 2016||$143,000|
|Hyperion Administrator||Ciber, Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||Jun 06, 2016||$143,000|
|Administrator||Community Care ADHC Inc.||Temple City, CA||Feb 09, 2015||$141,336|
|Peoplesoft SYS Administrator||NYU Langone Health System||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$140,000|
|ETL Administrator||B&H Photo Video-Pro Audio Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 30, 2016||$137,000|
|Advanced Virtualization Administrator||Noridian Mutual Insurance Company||Roswell, GA||Mar 09, 2016||$97,864 -
|Applicantion Administrator IV||Nevada Power Company||Las Vegas, NV||Nov 16, 2015||$97,843 -
|Peoplesoft Administrator||Mast Technology Services||Columbus, OH||Oct 27, 2015||$97,718|
|Tibco Administrator||Cerebral Technologies Inc.||Irving, TX||Dec 17, 2015||$97,594|
|Pmis Administrator||Catholic Health Initiatives||PA||Aug 06, 2015||$97,050|
|Hyperion/Essbase Administrator||SRI Technology Services Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Jun 02, 2015||$97,000 -
|Cognos Administrator||Synchronoss Technologies Inc.||Bethlehem, PA||Feb 27, 2015||$97,000|
|SAS Administrator||Bioinfo Systems LLC||Houston, TX||May 27, 2015||$96,500|
|SSO Siteminder & Ldap Administrator||Professional Software Consulting Services(PSCS) LLC||Norwalk, CT||Jul 09, 2016||$79,000 -
|Webmethods Administrator||Unify Solutions, Inc.||Reston, VA||Nov 26, 2016||$79,000|
|Hyperion Administrator||Dimension Consulting||Santa Ana, CA||May 09, 2016||$79,000|
|IBM Rational Tools Administrator||State of Washington Administrative Office of The Courts||Olympia, WA||Jan 01, 2015||$78,900|
|SAS Administrator||Sarayu Consultants Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 05, 2016||$78,749|
|Cognos Admin||IBM India Private Limited||Columbia, SC||Nov 14, 2016||$78,331|
|Datbase Administrator||Logexsoft Inc.||Richmond, VA||Oct 09, 2016||$78,000|
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