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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|
|Manager Information Technology-Business Warehouse Database Administration||Puget Sound Energy Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Nov 15, 2016||$177,112|
|IT Database Administrator, SR.||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Dec 15, 2015||$135,000|
|IT Database Administrator||Servicenow, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 11, 2016||$124,093 -
|IT Database Administrator III||BB&T Corporation||Raleigh, NC||Jan 03, 2016||$121,352|
|IT Integration Application Administrator||Tory Burch, LLC||New York, NY||May 26, 2015||$120,000|
|IT Database Administrator||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$120,000|
|IT Database Administrator SR.||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||May 07, 2016||$118,000|
|IT Database Administrator||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Apr 01, 2015||$115,000|
|IT Database Administrator||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$114,000|
|IT Database Administrator||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Nov 03, 2016||$114,000|
|IT Prin Anly 2, Database Admin||Directv LLC||Englewood, CO||Feb 21, 2015||$110,011 -
|IT Application Administrator||Jc USA, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Apr 07, 2016||$110,000|
|IT Administrator 3||RR Donnelley||Rockville, MD||Dec 18, 2015||$110,000|
|IT Infrastructure Administrator||Regal-Beloit Corporation||Grafton, WI||May 15, 2016||$95,000|
|IT Administrator||Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$94,744|
|IT Administrator||Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jan 08, 2015||$94,744|
|Information Technology/Database Administrator||Telefonica USA, Inc.||Miami, FL||Jul 09, 2016||$93,634|
|IT Unix Administrator, Senior Analyst||Caremark, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Mar 09, 2015||$93,371 -
|IT Database Administrator||McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC.||Roswell, GA||Nov 22, 2016||$93,186|
|IT Application Administrator||Jc USA, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Nov 24, 2016||$93,000 -
|IT Database Administrator IV||Weatherford International, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 16, 2015||$92,250 -
|IT Administrator||Leeyo Software, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 02, 2016||$74,000 -
|IT Administrator||Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc.||Frisco, TX||Sep 25, 2015||$74,000|
|IT Administrator||Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2015||$74,000|
|IT Administrator||Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 20, 2015||$73,882|
|IT Applications Administrator||State of Louisiana/Division of Administration||Baton Rouge, LA||Jan 27, 2016||$72,051|
|IT Applications Administrator||Louisiana State Division of Administration||Baton Rouge, LA||Dec 04, 2016||$72,051|
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