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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 Latino10.4%
Black or African American1.4%
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University of Phoenix17.3%
Western Governors University5.5%
George Washington University4.7%
University of Maryland - University College4.7%
Ohio State University4.7%
University of Houston4.7%
New York University3.9%
George Mason University3.9%
The Chubb Institute-Westbury3.1%
Ferris State University3.1%
Texas A&M University - Commerce3.1%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.1%
Nassau Community College3.1%
Community College of the Air Force3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director of Engineering, Platform Infrastructure||Tangome, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 11, 2015||$209,102|
|Director of Engineering, Platform Infrastructure||Tangome, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$200,000 -
|Infrastructure Engineer||Coatue Management LLC||New York, NY||Oct 24, 2016||$200,000|
|API & Infrastructure Engineer||Earnest Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$195,000|
|Director, Platform and Infrastructure Engineering||Confluent, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 19, 2016||$185,000 -
|Data Infrastructure Engineer||Opower, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 10, 2016||$182,263|
|Analytics Infrastructure Engineer||Github, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$180,000|
|Infrastructure Engineer||Asana, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$165,000|
|Maps Data Infrastructure Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Feb 03, 2015||$165,000 -
|Big Data Infrastructure Engineer||Bitcasa, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Apr 03, 2015||$160,000|
|Data Infrastructure Engineer||Reddit, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 16, 2016||$155,000|
|Infrastructure Engineer||Segment.IO, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 15, 2016||$150,000|
|Data Infrastructure Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 01, 2016||$150,000|
|Hadoop Infrastructure Engineer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Feb 23, 2015||$150,000|
|Infrastructure Engineer III||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Mar 03, 2016||$111,885|
|Trust & Safety Infrastructure Engineer||Pinterest, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$111,500 -
|Consultant, Infrastructure Engineering||Nationwide Insurance||Columbus, OH||Jul 15, 2016||$111,000 -
|Principal Infrastructure Engineer||H-3 Technologies, LLC||Cary, NC||Sep 20, 2016||$110,611|
|Software and Infrastructure Engineer||Slice Technologies, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$110,310|
|Infrastructure Engineer III, Database||Lowe's Companies, Inc.||Mooresville, NC||Nov 18, 2016||$110,000|
|Global Wintel and Infrastructure Engineer||AIG Technologies, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Sep 20, 2016||$110,000|
|Infrastructure Engineer(Sap)||Microexcel, Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Apr 22, 2015||$110,000|
|Data Infrastructure Engineer||Jump Operations, LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 24, 2015||$94,557 -
|Infrastructure Engineer II||Lowe's Companies, Inc.||Mooresville, NC||Jun 27, 2015||$94,000|
|Infrastructure Engineer III||Insurance Services Office, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jun 29, 2015||$93,900 -
|IT Infrastructure Engineer||Cardinal Health||Houston, TX||Nov 20, 2015||$93,627|
|Infrastructure Engineer III||Cox Communications||Atlanta, GA||Jan 25, 2016||$93,600|
|Infrastructure Engineer||HRB Professional Resources LLC||Kansas City, MO||Jan 10, 2016||$93,000|
|Specialist Infrastructure Engineering||Nationwide Insurance||Dublin, OH||Oct 08, 2015||$92,820 -
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