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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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Hispanic or Latino9.6%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix23.3%
University of Maryland - University College7.8%
Wichita State University3.9%
Central Michigan University3.9%
Colorado Technical University3.9%
Ohio University -2.9%
University of South Florida2.9%
Wayne State University2.9%
Macomb Community College2.9%
University of Akron2.9%
Thomas Edison State University2.9%
Pennsylvania State University2.9%
University of Connecticut2.9%
University of Florida2.9%
City College of New York of the City University of New York2.9%
Michigan State University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Engineering Architect-Content Administration||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Brisbane, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$145,000|
|Splunk Admin Engineer||Splunk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 07, 2016||$120,390 -
|SAN Engineer/Administrator(Systems and Storage)||Prodigysoftware Group Inc.||Ann Arbor, MI||Sep 05, 2012||$120,000|
|ENG SYS Admin 4||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Mar 12, 2012||$120,000|
|SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage)||Prodigy Software Group, Inc.||Longmont, CO||Sep 05, 2013||$120,000|
|SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage)||Prodigy Software Group, Inc.||Ann Arbor, MI||Sep 05, 2009||$110,000|
|BI Application Engineer and Administrator||Constant Contact, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jan 07, 2013||$110,000|
|ENG SYS Admin||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Dec 10, 2012||$105,000 -
|SAN Engineer Administrator (Systems and Storage)||Prodigy Software Group, Inc.||Ann Arbor, MI||Sep 05, 2011||$105,000|
|SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage)||Prodigy Software Group, Inc.||Ann Arbor, MI||Sep 05, 2010||$95,000|
|Software Engineer-Administrator Epm/Obiee||Lone Star College System||Houston, TX||Nov 27, 2015||$85,000 -
|Lead Software Engineer/Administrator||Optimalresume.Com, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jun 01, 2010||$83,554|
|Systems Engineer/Administrator||Sanbeans LLC.||Carrollton, TX||Aug 19, 2014||$78,000 -
|Netbackup Admin/Engineer||Mir Consulting, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 23, 2015||$77,272|
|Netbackup Engineer/Admin||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Nov 03, 2016||$75,500|
|Netbackup Engineer/Admin||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Aug 03, 2016||$75,500|
|Netbackup Admin/Engineer||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Dec 01, 2014||$75,046|
|Netbackup Engineer/Admin||Cdatasystems Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 20, 2016||$75,000|
|Nebackup Engineer/Admin||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Jan 21, 2015||$75,000|
|Nebackup Engineer/Admin||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Mar 03, 2015||$75,000|
|Systems Engineer/Administrator||First TEK Inc.||Deerfield, IL||Jun 09, 2016||$72,093|
|Systems Engineer/Administrator||First TEK, Inc.||Lincolnshire, IL||Mar 21, 2016||$72,000|
|Systems Engineer/Administrator||First TEK Inc.||Deerfield, IL||May 09, 2016||$72,000|
|Systems Engineer/Administrator||First TEK, Inc.||Urbana, MD||Mar 02, 2015||$72,000|
|Intel Platform Systems Engineer/Administrator||IBM Corporation||Southfield, MI||Sep 26, 2012||$71,835|
|Engineer I Seams Administration||Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.||Carmel, IN||Jul 16, 2015||$70,720 -
|Engineer II Market Administration||Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.||Carmel, IN||Jun 13, 2015||$70,720 -
|Netbackup Admin/Engineer||Mir Consulting, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 01, 2014||$70,138|
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