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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix8.5%
Saint Louis Community College6.4%
University of Houston6.4%
University of Memphis4.3%
Itawamba Community College4.3%
San Jose State University4.3%
University of Central Florida4.3%
Community College of the Air Force4.3%
Northeastern Illinois University4.3%
State University of New York Buffalo4.3%
University of Arizona4.3%
University of North Alabama4.3%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.3%
Northern Virginia Community College4.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Infrastructure Administrator/Developer||Bloomberg, LP||Princeton, NJ||Mar 10, 2016||$149,000|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Herndon, VA||Sep 07, 2015||$127,000|
|Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Herndon, VA||Dec 31, 2014||$126,000|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Admin||Symantec Corporation||Herndon, VA||Aug 31, 2015||$120,000|
|Hadoop Infrastructure Administrator||AIG Technologies, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 18, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator||Veritas Technologies LLC||Culver City, CA||Nov 23, 2015||$118,430|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Culver City, CA||Feb 20, 2015||$118,430|
|SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator||Veritas Technologies LLC||Culver City, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$115,000|
|SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Culver City, CA||Oct 29, 2012||$115,000|
|SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator||Veritas Technologies LLC||Culver City, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$113,850|
|Senior Infrastructure Administrator||Stryker Corporation||San Jose, CA||Nov 11, 2014||$113,048|
|Senior Siebel Infrastructure Administrator||USA Waste-Management Resources L.L.C.||Houston, TX||May 02, 2014||$106,350|
|Peoplesoft Infrastructure Administration||USA Waste-Management Resources LLC||Houston, TX||Jan 23, 2014||$106,350|
|Web Infrastructure Administrator||Astreya Partners, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Oct 05, 2010||$105,000|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Herndon, VA||Oct 01, 2013||$100,700|
|Security Infrastructure Administrator||Veritas Technologies LLC||Culver City, CA||Oct 30, 2015||$100,000|
|Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Alexandria, VA||Dec 30, 2011||$99,258 -
|Peoplesoft Infrastructure Administrator||USA Waste Management Resources, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 29, 2015||$88,670 -
|Senior Siebel Infrastructure Administrator||USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C.||Houston, TX||Jul 08, 2013||$88,670|
|SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator||Veritas Technologies LLC||Culver City, CA||Nov 18, 2015||$87,464|
|Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator||Symantec Corporation||Culver City, CA||Feb 27, 2012||$86,154 -
|Infrastructure Administrator||H&K Dallas, Inc.||Mesquite, TX||Jun 13, 2012||$85,446|
|Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Administrator||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||Jul 06, 2015||$85,000 -
|Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Administrator||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||Oct 01, 2015||$85,000 -
|Senior Infrastructure Administrator||Vyshnavi Infotech LLC||Herndon, VA||Aug 30, 2012||$85,000|
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