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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Core Platform Engineer||Flipboard, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 11, 2016||$190,000|
|Senior Core Network Engineer||Nextgen Global Resources LLC||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 13, 2016||$166,000|
|Core Engineer||Nextgen Global Resources LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Mar 15, 2014||$165,000|
|Core Engineer||Lendinghome Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Feb 23, 2015||$160,000|
|Core Platform Engineer||Flipboard, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 07, 2015||$160,000 -
|Core Network Engineer||Nextgen Global Resources LLC||Plano, TX||Aug 27, 2016||$135,200|
|Mobile Packet Core Engineer||Nexius Insight, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Nov 13, 2015||$135,000|
|Mobile Packet Core Engineer||Nexius Insight, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Oct 13, 2014||$135,000|
|Mobile Core Engineer||Humin Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 10, 2015||$130,000|
|Core Network Optimization Engineer||Cable & Wireless Holdings, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Aug 01, 2015||$130,000|
|Core Engineer||Kautex, Inc.||Troy, MI||Apr 04, 2016||$130,000|
|Engineer, Core Recognition||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 16, 2014||$127,150 -
|Converged Core Engineers||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Jan 27, 2016||$108,968|
|Packet Core Engineer||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Aug 23, 2016||$100,110|
|Core Network Engineer||Globalstar, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Mar 30, 2016||$100,110 -
|Ip/Packet Switched Core Network Engineer-LTE||Glow Networks, Inc.||Lenexa, KS||Nov 18, 2013||$100,000|
|Core Platform Engineer||Kinvey Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 24, 2015||$100,000|
|IP PSC Core Network Engineer||Glow Networks, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 04, 2013||$99,040|
|Packet Core Engineer||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Jan 09, 2016||$98,605|
|Converged Core Engineer||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Jul 31, 2015||$84,421|
|Converged Core Engineer||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Redmond, WA||Nov 28, 2013||$84,420|
|Converged Core Engineer||Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC||Herndon, VA||Nov 20, 2013||$84,000|
|Converged Core Engineers||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Feb 18, 2016||$84,000|
|Converged Core Engineers||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Jan 27, 2016||$84,000|
|Senior IP Core Network Engineer||Global Technology Associates, LLC||Reston, VA||Sep 11, 2013||$83,500|
|Senior IP Core Network Engineer||Global Technology Associates, LLC||Overland Park, KS||Dec 11, 2013||$83,500|
|Senior IP Core Network Engineer||Global Technology Associates, LLC||Reston, VA||Feb 11, 2014||$83,500|
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