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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|
|Customer Implementation Engineer||IPC Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2016||$152,292|
|Digital Implementation Engineer||Maplesox Corp. D/B/A Technical-Link N. America||San Diego, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$144,000|
|Customer Implementation Engineer .02)||IPC Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2015||$140,000|
|Customer Implementation Engineer||IPC Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2015||$140,000|
|Implementation Engineer||National Oilwell Varco, L.P.||Houston, TX||Feb 09, 2016||$130,000|
|CPU Implementation Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$126,000 -
|Implementation Engineer||TAMR, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Jul 28, 2016||$125,000|
|Implementation Engineer||ISCS, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 18, 2016||$120,349|
|Customer Implementation Engineer||IPC Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2015||$120,000 -
|Systems Implementation Engineer||3M Company||Pasadena, CA||Aug 07, 2015||$119,816|
|Implementation Engineer||Sas Institute Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 21, 2016||$116,019|
|Digital Implementation Engineer||Maplesox Corp. D/B/A Technical-Link N. America||San Jose, CA||Jun 22, 2015||$116,000|
|Implementation Engineer-Guardium||Vodafone Us, Inc. D/B/A Vodafone Americas||New York, NY||Aug 04, 2016||$115,000|
|Application Implementation Engineer||ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc.||NH||Dec 05, 2016||$111,650|
|Algorithm Development Implementation Engineer||Collision Communications, Inc.||Nashua, NH||Sep 17, 2016||$94,910|
|Implementation Engineer||Axxiome USA, LLC||Johnston, IA||Sep 12, 2015||$94,300|
|Implementation Engineer||Sailpoint Technologies, Inc.||Austin, TX||Mar 14, 2016||$92,900 -
|Teamcenter Implementation Engineer||Brunswick Corporation||Troy, MI||Jan 26, 2016||$92,558|
|Implementation Engineer IV||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Norfolk, VA||Sep 11, 2016||$92,082 -
|Implementation Engineer||Axxiome USA, LLC||Johnston, IA||Sep 12, 2015||$92,000|
|Implementation Engineer||Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc.||Englewood Cliffs, NJ||Mar 09, 2016||$92,000 -
|Implementation Engineer||Axxiome USA, LLC||Miami, FL||Jun 17, 2016||$92,000|
|Technical Implementation Engineer Lead||Landis+GYR Technology, Inc.||Springfield, NJ||Aug 03, 2015||$81,300 -
|Technical Implementation Engineer Lead||Landis+GYR Technology, Inc.||Springfield, NJ||Jul 24, 2015||$81,300 -
|Technical Implementation Engineer Lead||Landis+GYR Technology, Inc.||Springfield, NJ||Jul 22, 2015||$81,300 -
|Implementation Engineer||Bottomline Technologies||Englewood Cliffs, NJ||Apr 29, 2016||$81,266|
|Unix Implementation Engineer||JP Morgan Chase & Co||Columbus, OH||Dec 18, 2015||$81,000|
|Implementation Engineer II||Extension, LLC||Anaheim, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$80,558|
|Product Implementation Engineer North America||Davey Bickford USA, Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Jul 18, 2016||$80,350 -
|Implementation Engineer||Tangoe Inc.||Herndon, VA||Aug 01, 2015||$80,340|
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