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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|
|Lead of Network Data Center Operations||Oportun Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jan 28, 2016||$188,822|
|Lead of Network Data Center Operations||Oportun Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 29, 2015||$188,822|
|Lead of Network Data Center Operations||Progress Financial Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Nov 15, 2014||$142,250|
|Lead of Network Data Center Operations||Progress Financial Corporation||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 20, 2014||$142,250|
|Lead of Network Data Center Operations||Progress Financial Corporation||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 19, 2014||$141,856|
|Data Center Operation Technical Engineer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$130,000|
|Data Center Facility Operations Electrical Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 08, 2016||$125,000|
|Technical Data Center Operations Leader||Symantec Corporation||Tucson, AZ||Aug 24, 2015||$122,346 -
|Technical Data Center Operations Leader||Symantec Corporation||Tucson, AZ||Mar 03, 2014||$122,000|
|Program Manager-GFS-Data Center Non-Ops or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 02, 2014||$107,000 -
|Tech Yahoo, Data Center OPS||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$106,582 -
|Tech Yahoo, Data Center OPS||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$102,815 -
|SR. Engineer, Data Center Operations||ZOHO Corporation||Pleasanton, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$90,000|
|Data Center Operations Engineer||Quantcast Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jan 20, 2015||$87,500|
|Network Engineer II-Data Center OPS||Windstream Corporation||Little Rock, AR||Nov 20, 2013||$68,000|
|Data Center Software Operation Engineer||Creatus, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 10, 2009||$68,000|
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