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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 Latino11.0%
Black or African American1.2%
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University of Phoenix15.8%
Community College of the Air Force8.8%
Pennsylvania State University7.0%
Sacred Heart University5.3%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte5.3%
University of Houston5.3%
Colorado Technical University5.3%
Texas A&M University3.5%
Western Governors University3.5%
Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne3.5%
Morgan State University3.5%
College of William and Mary3.5%
Baruch College of the City University of New York3.5%
State University of New York Stony Brook3.5%
George Washington University3.5%
Metropolitan State University of Denver3.5%
More Tech Institute3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Executive, Infrastructure and Utilities Solut||Commonwealth Bank of Australia||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2010||$270,000|
|Technical Lead for News Infrastructure||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||New York, NY||Jul 30, 2012||$185,000|
|Infrastructure Design Lead||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 14, 2015||$163,781 -
|Infrastructure Operations Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||May 02, 2016||$143,500|
|Infrastructure Operations Lead||Accenture LLP||Dublin, CA||May 02, 2016||$143,500|
|Lead, Infrastructure Systems||Capital IQ, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$140,000 -
|Infrastructure Developer Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Dec 01, 2014||$140,000|
|Infrastructure and Operations Lead||Inviso Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Jun 14, 2015||$136,500|
|Infrastructure Operations Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$136,000|
|Principal Product Infrastructure Lead||Computer Sciences Corporation||Blythewood, SC||Jan 02, 2016||$135,000|
|Infrastructure Lead||Quality Software Services, Inc.||Columbia, MD||Nov 22, 2016||$128,125|
|Infrastructure Delivery Lead||Accenture LLP||Dublin, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$121,222|
|Infrastructure Delivery Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$121,222|
|Infrastructure Delivery Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$118,061|
|Infrastructure Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Dec 20, 2010||$117,000|
|Software Designer/Infrastructure Lead||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2016||$113,000|
|IT Infrastructure Leader||Telefonica USA, Inc.||Doral, FL||Nov 01, 2013||$110,000|
|Infrastructure and Operations Lead||Inviso Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Sep 04, 2012||$110,000|
|System Engineering and Infrastructure Lead||Cassiopae Us, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jun 07, 2016||$95,000|
|IT Infrastructure Lead||Dolby Laboratories, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$94,453 -
|Technology Infrastructure Lead||Accenture LLP||Minneapolis, MN||Aug 29, 2013||$91,728|
|Technology Infrastructure Lead||Accenture LLP||Minneapolis, MN||Sep 25, 2013||$89,000|
|Infrastructure Lead||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 17, 2016||$85,000 -
|Lead Analyst, Infrastructure||Merck & Co., Inc.||Summit, NJ||Feb 17, 2011||$84,406|
|Lead Analyst, Infrastructure||Merck & Co., Inc.||Summit, NJ||Feb 17, 2011||$78,811|
|Infrastructure Lead||Nufarm Americas Inc.||Alsip, IL||Jan 17, 2014||$77,000|
|Infrastructure Lead||Nufarm Americas Inc.||Burr Ridge, IL||Jan 17, 2011||$77,000|
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