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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 Latino9.4%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix28.9%
University of Houston5.5%
University of Texas at Arlington3.9%
University of Maryland - University College3.9%
University of Southern Mississippi3.9%
Eastern Michigan University3.9%
Michigan State University3.1%
University of Nebraska at Omaha3.1%
George Washington University3.1%
West Virginia University3.1%
Western Michigan University3.1%
University of Delaware3.1%
Southern New Hampshire University3.1%
Western Governors University3.1%
Oregon State University3.1%
American InterContinental University3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Linux Applications Administrator||OCTO Consulting Group, Inc.||Suitland, MD||Aug 14, 2016||$155,000|
|Senior Enterprise Application Basis Administrator||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$142,376 -
|Administrator-Distributed Applications||Citco Technology Management, Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Jun 08, 2016||$135,000|
|Lead Applications Administrator||Biogen, Inc.||Weston, MA||Jun 29, 2015||$132,000|
|Lead Applications Administrator||Biogen, Inc.||Parkton, NC||Jun 29, 2015||$132,000|
|Lead Applications Administrator||Biogen, Inc.||Weston, MA||Jul 15, 2015||$132,000|
|Applications Administrator IV||Cox Communications||Atlanta, GA||Sep 01, 2015||$130,000|
|Lead Applications Administrator||Biogen, Inc.||Durham, NC||Sep 14, 2016||$128,000 -
|SR. Applications Administrator||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 30, 2016||$123,517|
|Principal Enterprise Applications Admin||EMC Corporation||Southborough, MA||Nov 20, 2015||$121,800|
|SR. Applications Administrator||Informatica LLC||Redwood City, CA||Jun 23, 2016||$120,000|
|Lead Microstrategy Applications Administrator||Gap Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$117,760|
|Principal Software Application Administrator||Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana||Baton Rouge, LA||Oct 25, 2016||$117,300|
|Senior Middleware Applications Administrator||Telcobuy.Com||Maryland Heights, MO||Mar 28, 2016||$116,800|
|Web Application Administrator||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Feb 18, 2015||$104,000|
|Senior ERP Application Administrator||Stefanini, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Jul 02, 2015||$101,458|
|Application Administrator IV||Cox Communications, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Nov 23, 2016||$100,422|
|Principle Enterprise Application Administrator||EMC Corporation||Southborough, MA||Sep 22, 2016||$100,350 -
|Senior Applications Databse Administrator||DNPR Services, LLC||King of Prussia, PA||Mar 06, 2016||$100,100|
|Guidewire Application Administrator||Baldwin & Lyons, Inc.||Carmel, IN||Apr 04, 2015||$100,000 -
|Senior Application Administrator-Websphere Commerece||Tractor Supply Company||Brentwood, TN||Nov 14, 2016||$100,000 -
|Web Application Administrator||VSLN International, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Oct 01, 2015||$88,000|
|Oracle Applications Administrator, Fusion Middleware||Rackspace Us, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Jun 17, 2015||$87,090|
|Obiee Application Administrator||Credit Acceptance Corporation||Southfield, MI||Jul 17, 2015||$86,840|
|Application Administrator||The Finish Line USA, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||May 13, 2016||$85,000|
|Application Administrator-Websphere Commerce||Tractor Supply Company||Nashville, TN||Feb 16, 2015||$85,000 -
|Oracle Applications Administrator||Smartdog Services, LLC (Formerly DCC Services, LLC||Austin, TX||Dec 01, 2016||$84,656 -
|Web Application Administrator||New York Global Consultants Inc.||Uniondale, NY||Apr 05, 2016||$84,365|
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