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|
|BTS Validation and Field Support Engineer||Kineticom, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Sep 29, 2012||$143,000|
|BTS Validation and Field Support Engineer||Kineticom, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Sep 29, 2012||$143,000|
|BTS Validation and Field Support Engineer||Kineticom, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Sep 29, 2012||$143,000|
|Retail Network Field Support Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$130,472 -
|Field Support Engineer||Guavus, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 30, 2014||$130,000|
|Senior Field Support Engineer||Anritsu Company||San Diego, CA||Sep 09, 2013||$125,000|
|Senior Near Field Communication Support Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 28, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Near Field Communication (NFC) Support Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$120,000|
|Staff Field Support Engineer||APS Technology Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 28, 2015||$113,000 -
|Senior Field Support Engineer||Spirent Communications, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$110,000 -
|Field Service/Support Engineer 3||SPTS Technologies, Inc.||Apopka, FL||Jun 14, 2014||$99,000|
|Field Support Engineer||Bosch Security Systems, Inc.||Burnsville, MN||Oct 04, 2013||$98,624|
|Field Support Engineer||Comverse, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Sep 09, 2011||$94,536|
|Field Support Engineer||HTS (USA) Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Oct 12, 2016||$94,000|
|Field Support Engineer||Comverse, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2010||$91,874|
|Field Support Engineer||Rockwell Automation, Inc.||Setauket-East Setauket, NY||Jan 26, 2015||$90,644|
|Development Field Support Engineer||Research In Motion Corporation||Irving, TX||Sep 01, 2010||$82,000|
|Field Support Engineer-CT||Sun Microsystems, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2010||$81,445 -
|IPD Resident Field Service/Support Engineer||Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 21, 2015||$80,000 -
|RBS Field Support Engineer||Atlas Wireless & Telecommunications, Inc.||Hayward, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$80,000|
|Application Field Support Engineer||Hermes Microvision, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$78,000|
|Application Field Support Engineer||Hermes Microvision, Inc.||Lehi, UT||May 11, 2015||$78,000|
|Senior Field Support Engineer||Oracle America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jun 21, 2010||$76,835|
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