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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|
|IT Developer/System Administrator||Data, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||May 12, 2014||$150,000 -
|IT Systems Admin 4||Blue Coat Systems Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 14, 2015||$129,780|
|IT Systems Administrator III||Panasonic Avionics Corporation||Lake Forest, CA||Mar 16, 2016||$124,001|
|IT Systems Administrator||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 19, 2014||$120,000|
|IT System Administrator||Cohesity Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 30, 2015||$120,000 -
|IT Systems Administrator (Lync Architect)||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 04, 2016||$120,000|
|Information Systems and Network Administrator||Ivalua Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$117,000|
|IT Systems Administrator||Panasonic Avionics Corporation||Lake Forest, CA||Mar 18, 2013||$115,000|
|Staff It/Systems Administrator/Infrastructure Middleware Services||Qualcomm, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2016||$113,672 -
|IT Systems Administrator||Bromium Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 18, 2015||$113,050|
|IT Systems Administrator||KBR Technical Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 23, 2016||$111,654|
|IT Systems Administrator III||Panasonic Avionics Corporation||Lake Forest, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$110,000|
|IT Middleware Systems Administrator||Land O'Lakes Inc.||Arden Hills, MN||Sep 30, 2016||$107,000|
|Information System, Client Admin Manager||1-800-Publicrelations||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$106,746|
|IT System Administrator Senior||American Electric Power||Columbus, OH||Jan 27, 2014||$91,000 -
|IT Systems Administrator||KBR, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 28, 2015||$90,602|
|IT Systems Administrator||Orbis Investment Management (U.S.), LLC||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2015||$90,000|
|IT Systems Administrator||Bromium, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 22, 2016||$90,000 -
|IT Systems Administrator||AON Service Corporation||Lincolnshire, IL||Jan 04, 2016||$90,000|
|IT System Administrator Senior||American Electric Power||Columbus, OH||Dec 15, 2016||$90,000 -
|IT Systems Administrator (SR. Sql/Oracle DBA & Web Administrator)||Panasonic Avionics Corporation||Lake Forest, CA||Oct 19, 2015||$89,602|
|Information Technology Systems Administrator||Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 18, 2013||$89,149 -
|Computer and Information System Administrator (SOA)||Realflex Applications LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 06, 2016||$70,000|
|Computer and Information System Administrator (SOA)||Realflex Applications LLC||Dublin, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$70,000|
|Senior Laboratory Information System Administrator||Rideout Memorial Hospital||Yuba City, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$69,846|
|Senior Laboratory Information System Administrator||Rideout Memorial Hospital||Yuba City, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$69,846|
|IT Systems Administrator||SG Equipment Finance USA Corp.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 01, 2013||$69,000|
|IT Administrator/Systems Administrator||Indus Translation Services, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jan 02, 2013||$68,871|
|Information Systems Administrator||ACLB2B Corp||Agoura Hills, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$68,871 -
|IT Systems Administrator||Music Times LLC||New York, NY||Sep 19, 2015||$68,472|
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