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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Junior File System Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 16, 2016||$125,000|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Audax Health Solutions, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 15, 2014||$90,000 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||Stumbleupon, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2013||$85,000|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Nisum Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2014||$80,000|
|JR. Systems Engineer||Nisum Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$77,000 -
|Hnei Junior Power System Engineer||Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii||Urban Honolulu, HI||Jan 09, 2016||$75,236|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Nisum Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$75,000 -
|JR. System Engineer||Cdnetworks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 06, 2014||$75,000|
|Junior Battery System Engineer||Microvast, Inc.||Stafford, TX||Jul 09, 2016||$74,500|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Serro, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$73,923 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||Echogen Power Systems||Akron, OH||Feb 16, 2015||$73,045|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Kcura Corporation||Chicago, IL||Sep 02, 2014||$68,000|
|JR. Systems Engineer||Cdnetworks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 11, 2013||$68,000|
|Junior Battery System Engineer||Microvast, Inc.||Stafford, TX||Sep 10, 2015||$67,750|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Pi Innovo LLC||Plymouth, MI||Apr 14, 2014||$67,725 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||Pi Innovo LLC||Plymouth, MI||Mar 19, 2014||$67,725 -
|JR. Systems Engineer||Pi Innovo LLC||Plymouth, MI||Oct 01, 2013||$67,725 -
|JR. Systems Engineer||Pi Innovo LLC||Plymouth, MI||Sep 10, 2015||$67,704 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||B & C Transit, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 12, 2014||$66,394|
|JR. Systems Engineer||Cdnetworks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 21, 2014||$65,000|
|JR. System Engineer||Deemsys Inc.||Gahanna, OH||Jan 08, 2016||$65,000|
|Junior Systems Engineer||B &C Transit, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 21, 2012||$65,000|
|JR. Systems Engineer||Pi Innovo LLC||Plymouth, MI||Sep 02, 2015||$64,272 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||Performance Designed Products LLC||San Diego, CA||Mar 14, 2013||$61,131|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Echogen Power Systems||Akron, OH||Apr 01, 2014||$60,523|
|Junior Systems Engineer||Cdnetworks Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 18, 2010||$60,000|
|JR. Systems Engineer||Arisant LLC||Englewood, CO||Aug 30, 2016||$59,738 -
|Junior Systems Engineer||Wayfair LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 02, 2013||$59,322 -
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