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Working As A Boss

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Boss 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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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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Boss Career Paths

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Truck Driver Equipment Operator Technician
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Painter Technician Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager Senior Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Service Manager Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Painter Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Service Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Yarder Boss 3.7 years
Crew Boss 3.6 years
Pit Boss 3.6 years
Squad Boss 3.3 years
Camp Boss 3.2 years
Boss 3.0 years
Straw Boss 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 12.2%
Manager 7.0%
Supervisor 6.1%
Operator 4.9%
Cook 4.9%
Welder 4.9%
Server 4.0%
Mechanic 3.8%
Foreman 3.8%
Technician 3.7%
Owner 3.5%
Internship 3.3%
Volunteer 3.3%
Driver 3.1%
Teller 3.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.2%
Manager 7.2%
Driver 7.0%
Supervisor 6.8%
Owner 4.7%
Internship 4.4%
Operator 3.8%
Teller 3.8%
Associate 3.8%
Welder 3.6%
Server 3.4%

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Boss Demographics

Gender

Male

65.1%

Female

33.0%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Chinese

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Dutch

1.6%

Hungarian

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Telugu

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%
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Boss Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

8.8%

University of Wyoming

6.6%

Weber State University

6.6%

University of Central Florida

5.5%

California State University - East Bay

4.4%

University of Iowa

4.4%

University of Utah

4.4%

Monroe Community College

4.4%

Northern Arizona University

4.4%

Utah Valley University

4.4%

Tarleton State University

4.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.4%

Montclair State University

4.4%

Ashworth College

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Colorado State University

4.4%

Hibbing Community College

3.3%

Ithaca College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Communication

6.4%

General Studies

6.2%

Computer Science

6.0%

Management

5.5%

Accounting

5.5%

Education

4.9%

Nursing

4.5%

Psychology

4.3%

Marketing

3.8%

Automotive Technology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Kinesiology

2.3%

English

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Precision Metal Working

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

40.6%

Bachelors

30.5%

Associate

11.6%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Boss

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  1. Safety
  2. Outstanding Customer Service
  3. Procedures
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  • Supervised 10-12 pumpers' safety during shift.
  • Provided outstanding customer service and delivered high sales.
  • Developed, prepared and implemented lessons plans following Clover Park Independent School District policies and procedures.
  • Administered and upgraded Windows 2000 and MS Exchange servers, including security, patches/fixes/updates, routing, archiving and back-up.
  • Recruited, hired, scheduled, and supervised a staff of up to 18.

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