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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 Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix22.7%
Community College of the Air Force7.3%
University of Maryland - University College4.5%
Columbus State Community College4.5%
California State University - East Bay3.6%
Trident Technical College3.6%
University of Maine3.6%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.6%
De Anza College3.6%
Athens State University3.6%
Calhoun Community College3.6%
More Tech Institute3.6%
Central Washington University3.6%
Colorado Technical University3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Technical Integration||SG2 LLC||Skokie, IL||Oct 01, 2014||$160,000|
|Smts Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S., Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 21, 2016||$151,436 -
|Integration Tech Lead||Ciber, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Sep 02, 2016||$145,000 -
|Integration Tech Lead||Ciber, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Feb 09, 2016||$145,000 -
|Director of Technical Integrations||The Endurance International Group, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Aug 15, 2015||$143,000|
|Business Technical Integrations||Merrill Lynch||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 15, 2011||$130,000 -
|Data Integration Technical Lead||Home Box Office, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2015||$129,600|
|Data Integration Technical Lead||Home Box Office, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 13, 2016||$129,600|
|Senior Integration Technologist||Co-Enterprise, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$120,000|
|Soa/Integration Technical Center of Excellence CON||Carefirst of Maryland Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||Feb 18, 2013||$117,240|
|Soa/Integration Technical Center of Excellence CON||Carefirst of Maryland Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||Jan 14, 2013||$117,240|
|Pmts Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Jul 19, 2016||$116,000 -
|MTS Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$115,795 -
|MTS Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Jun 04, 2016||$109,620 -
|Smts Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Oct 25, 2016||$107,411 -
|Vehicle Systems Integration Technical Professional||Visteon Corporation||Van Buren, MI||Nov 25, 2009||$107,395|
|MTS Technology & Integration||Globalfoundries U.S., Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 11, 2014||$107,287 -
|Guidewire Integration Technical Lead||Hartford Fire Insurance Company||Windsor, CT||Nov 01, 2016||$103,272 -
|Data Integration Technical Designer||Accenture LLP||Austin, TX||Nov 27, 2015||$100,200|
|Data Integration Technical Designer||Accenture LLP||New York, NY||May 01, 2015||$100,200|
|Smts Technology & Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||May 08, 2015||$95,000 -
|Smts Technology & Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 04, 2014||$95,000 -
|Supervisor, Message-Based Integration Technologies||Cardinal Health, Inc.||Dublin, OH||Apr 14, 2013||$94,141 -
|Supervisor, Message-Based Integration Technologies||Cardinal Health, Inc.||Dublin, OH||Dec 12, 2011||$92,726 -
|MTS Technology and Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$92,123 -
|MTS Technology & Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||May 08, 2015||$92,123 -
|MTS Technology & Integration||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Aug 05, 2015||$92,123 -
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