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|
|Database Engineer Tech. Lead||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$159,750|
|Database Engineering Tech Lead||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 08, 2016||$159,750|
|Systems Operations Engineer Tech Lead||Polyvore, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$156,333|
|Engineering Tech Lead||Segment.IO, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$155,000|
|Engineering Technical Leader-IV & V||GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC||Wilmington, NC||Oct 01, 2015||$154,500|
|Application Engineer-Tech Lead||PMC-Sierra Us, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$151,200|
|Engineering Technical Leader-IV&V||GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC||Wilmington, NC||Apr 20, 2015||$151,000 -
|Engineering Manager/Tech Lead||APVO Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$150,000|
|Firmware Design Engineer-Tech Lead||PMC-Sierra Us, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 13, 2015||$147,747|
|Firmware Design Engineer-Tech Lead||PMC-Sierra Us, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 13, 2015||$147,747|
|Manager, Engineering and Technical Lead (Software||Sugar Publishing Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 09, 2013||$145,000|
|Technical Engineering Lead||Visa U.S.A. Inc.||Foster City, CA||Oct 10, 2011||$142,000 -
|Engineering Technical Leader||General Electric Company||Lawrence Park, PA||Oct 01, 2014||$140,000|
|Staff Engineer, Tech Lead Mobile Platforms||VEVO||San Francisco, CA||Feb 12, 2015||$138,880|
|Systems Engineer Tech Lead||Juniper Networks (Us), Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 28, 2013||$129,022 -
|Senior Staff Engineer, Technical Lead||BOZZ Solutions, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$128,000|
|Test Engineering Technical Lead||Viavi Solutions Inc.||Colorado Springs, CO||Jun 09, 2016||$127,200|
|Senior C/C++ Engineer, Technical Lead/Architect||Neubloc, LLC||San Diego, CA||Sep 08, 2010||$125,220|
|Senior C/C++ Engineer, Technical Lead/Architect||Neubloc, LLC||San Diego, CA||Feb 27, 2010||$125,220|
|Senior C/C++ Engineer, Technical Lead/Architect||Neubloc, LLC||San Diego, CA||Dec 15, 2009||$125,220|
|Systems Engineering Tech Lead||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 16, 2011||$125,000|
|Quality Engineering Technical Lead||IPC Systems, Inc.||Hillsborough, NJ||Mar 31, 2016||$112,902 -
|Quality Engineering Technical Lead||IPC Systems, Inc.||Hillsborough, NJ||Aug 14, 2015||$112,750|
|Engineering Technology Leader||Regal Beloit America, Inc.||Tipp City, OH||May 24, 2014||$111,328|
|Engineering Technology Leader||Regal Beloit America, Inc.||Tipp City, OH||May 23, 2014||$111,328|
|Quality Engineering Technical Lead||IPC Systems, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 07, 2013||$110,000|
|Data Engineering Technical Lead||Bristol-Myers Squibb Company||Tampa, FL||Feb 29, 2016||$110,000|
|Java Application Engineering Tech Lead||NIKE, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Nov 04, 2013||$110,000|
|Engineering Tools Project IT Lead||Johnson Controls, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Jan 11, 2016||$109,366 -
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