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|
|Data Center Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 21, 2014||$130,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Jun 10, 2015||$124,500|
|Data Center Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 21, 2011||$122,500|
|Data Center Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 13, 2011||$120,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Oct 10, 2011||$115,000|
|Data Center Engineer III||Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I||Greer, SC||Jul 26, 2016||$114,430|
|Data Center Engineer III||Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I||Greer, SC||Jul 25, 2016||$114,430|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Oct 03, 2014||$113,116|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Feb 09, 2012||$110,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, LLC||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2016||$108,150|
|Data Center Design Engineer||EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 26, 2012||$107,266 -
|Amts, Data Center Automation Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 15, 2012||$105,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Aug 26, 2016||$100,110|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Jul 26, 2010||$100,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Nov 28, 2011||$100,000|
|Data Center Engineer||Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Nov 28, 2014||$100,000|
|Data Center Server and Storage Engineer||Verifone, Inc.||Clearwater, FL||Feb 16, 2016||$98,197 -
|Data Center Server and Storage Engineer||Verifone, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||May 29, 2015||$98,000|
|Data Center Systems Engineer||Pubmatic, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 25, 2015||$94,162|
|Data Center Engineer||Judge Technical Services Inc.||Mount Laurel, NJ||Nov 23, 2015||$93,915|
|Data Center Systems Engineer .02)||Pubmatic, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Dec 18, 2013||$76,024 -
|Data Center Engineer||Populus Group||Saint Paul, MN||Mar 24, 2014||$75,132|
|Data Center Engineer||Populus Group||North, MN||Mar 24, 2014||$75,132|
|Data Center Systems Engineer||Attensity Americas, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 07, 2013||$74,942 -
|Data Center Systems Engineer||Charles Schwab and Company, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 19, 2015||$74,755 -
|Network and Data Center Systems Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 23, 2015||$74,260|
|Data Center Systems Engineer III||University of Texas-Pan American||Edinburg, TX||Dec 01, 2010||$73,116|
|Data Center Engineer||Markit North America, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 06, 2014||$72,966 -
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