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Working As A Junior Network Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Network Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Junior Network Administrator

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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Junior Network Administrator Career Paths

Junior Network Administrator
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Network Technician Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Specialist Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Network Assistant 2.0 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Junior Network Administrator
Internship 4.5%
Technician 2.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Modern Technology Solutions
Highest Paying City
Redmond, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Junior Network Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Network Administrator in the United States is $58,299 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $75,000.

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Top Skills for A Junior Network Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Hardware Issues
  3. Desk Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided support for installation and configuration of Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP along with Service Packs.
  • Handled company- wide desktop and laptop software and hardware issues.
  • Completed tasks with the senior network admin, worked with servers and desktops, and provided help desk support.
  • Forwarded pertaining information to lead tech for active directory.
  • Analyzed, responded to and resolved client escalated service desk incidents associated with data access, desktop applications and peripheral equipment.

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Top 10 Best States for Junior Network Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Texas
  5. New Jersey
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Connecticut
  8. North Carolina
  9. California
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Junior Network Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.4%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

11.4%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.0%

Carrier

12.0%

French

8.0%

Russian

8.0%

Filipino

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Polish

4.0%

Croatian

4.0%
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Junior Network Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Strayer University

8.8%

George Mason University

6.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

San Jose State University

4.4%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

4.4%

ECPI University

3.8%

Prince George's Community College

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%

Bowie State University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Nassau Community College

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

Miami Dade College

3.1%

The Chubb Institute-Westbury

2.5%

Coleman University

2.5%
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Majors

Information Technology

16.9%

Computer Information Systems

15.4%

Computer Science

14.6%

Computer Networking

13.6%

Business

8.4%

Information Systems

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.3%

Engineering

1.2%

Project Management

1.1%

Education

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Computer Programming

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Associate

21.4%

Other

19.1%

Masters

13.0%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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