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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senor Cisco Network Engineer||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Bloomington, IL||Oct 27, 2014||$130,000 -
|Cisco IP Telephony Engineer||Eloyalty Corporation||Buffalo, NY||Oct 26, 2009||$130,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||CRG Workforce, Inc.||High Point, NC||May 26, 2014||$120,000 -
|Senior Cisco Network Engineer||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||May 07, 2012||$120,000 -
|Cisco IP Telephony Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 08, 2010||$115,000|
|Cisco Ccie (Security) Engineer||Datavox, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 29, 2014||$110,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||MTM Technologies, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Oct 08, 2016||$107,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||MTM Technologies, Inc.||Norristown, PA||Oct 08, 2016||$107,000|
|Cisco Unified Comm Engineer (Systems Engineer)||AOS, LLC||Fenton, MO||Nov 04, 2013||$105,000|
|Senior Cisco Network Engineer||Datavox, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 11, 2009||$103,000|
|Senor Cisco Collaboration Engineer||World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc.||Bloomington, IL||Jan 01, 2015||$98,500 -
|Cisco Engineer||Delta System & Software, Inc.||Frisco, TX||Jul 08, 2015||$96,000|
|Cisco Engineer||Delta System &Amp; Software, Inc.||Frisco, TX||Sep 01, 2016||$96,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||Teksystems, Inc.||New Kensington, PA||Oct 01, 2011||$93,915|
|ISO Compliant Cisco Engineer||Armory5, Inc.||Syracuse, NY||Jul 04, 2016||$91,125|
|Cisco Engineer||Teksystems, Inc.||Bloomington, IL||May 21, 2015||$86,798|
|Cisco Network Engineer||Javelin Soft Tech Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2014||$80,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||Imatrix Corp||Montvale, NJ||Sep 26, 2016||$78,000|
|Cisco Network Engineer||CRG Workforce, Inc.||High Point, NC||Mar 16, 2015||$77,000 -
|Cisco Network Engineer||H-3 Technologies, LLC||Raleigh, NC||Jan 19, 2016||$75,000|
|Cisco Certified Network Engineer||Samurai Infotech LLC||Cumming, GA||Feb 03, 2015||$75,000|
|Cisco IP Telephony Engineer||Align Communications Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 22, 2010||$75,000|
|Cisco Certified Network Engineer||Samurai Infotech LLC||Cumming, GA||Sep 01, 2014||$75,000|
|Cisco Unified Collaboration Engineer||Control Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 18, 2013||$73,674 -
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