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Working As An Assistant LAN Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant LAN Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become An Assistant LAN Administrator

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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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
MIS Administrator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.1 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
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File Clerk 4.7%
Clerk 4.7%
Assistant 4.7%
Floater 4.7%
Teller 4.7%
Top Careers After Assistant LAN Administrator
Technician 3.1%
Consultant 3.1%

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Top Skills for An Assistant LAN Administrator

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Technical Support
  3. Service Calls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, tested, diagnosed, and troubleshot computer hardware, software and network problems.
  • Provided technical support to users, resolved software and hardware related problems.
  • Handle daily service calls of computer related problems for EDS/GM.
  • Multicasted Windows XP images to 200 PCs simultaneously in under 15 minutes across campus.
  • Installed, tested, troubleshot and repaired PC hardware, software, cabling, and peripheral devices.

Assistant LAN Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

67.4%

Female

20.7%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

5.3%
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Assistant LAN Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

University of Houston

7.4%

State University of New York Potsdam

7.4%

Center for Advanced Legal Studies

7.4%

Robert Morris University - Illinois

7.4%

Clark College

7.4%

Chaffey College

3.7%

Air University

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Manhattan College

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Montgomery Community College

3.7%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

3.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Knoxville

3.7%

Excelsior College

3.7%

Johnson County Community College

3.7%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Business

12.9%

Information Systems

11.4%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Computer Science

8.6%

Information Technology

8.6%

Computer Networking

5.7%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.3%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Management

2.9%

Computer Technical Support

2.9%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Telecommunications Management

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Legal Support Services

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

20.5%

Masters

19.3%

Associate

19.3%

Certificate

4.8%
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