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Working As A LAN 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

  • $78,109

    Average Salary

What Does A LAN 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 LAN 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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LAN Administrator Career Paths

LAN Administrator
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Administrator 3.0 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.8%
Technician 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%

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LAN Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

15.9%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

Carrier

10.0%

Cheyenne

7.1%

German

5.7%

French

5.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Indonesian

1.4%

Telugu

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Romanian

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Serer

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Tamil

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%
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LAN Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

Strayer University

14.9%

University of Maryland - University College

8.5%

Bellevue University

5.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

Western Governors University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.1%

New York University

2.7%

More Tech Institute

2.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.7%

Capella University

2.7%

American InterContinental University

2.7%

Northern Illinois University

2.7%

National University

2.4%

University of North Texas

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.6%

Business

15.0%

Computer Information Systems

12.1%

Information Technology

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Networking

6.4%

Information Systems

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Management

2.5%

Project Management

2.4%

Computer Technical Support

2.3%

Computer Programming

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Finance

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Other

24.0%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

13.2%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real LAN Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Waukegan, IL May 15, 2011 $102,263
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Waukegan, IL May 14, 2011 $102,263
Senior LAN Administrator Netjets Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 30, 2010 $85,000
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Deerfield, IL May 15, 2010 $83,200
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 29, 2016 $82,576 -
$128,687
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 15, 2016 $82,576 -
$125,320
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. VA May 23, 2016 $79,726 -
$120,120
LAN Administrator Computing Concepts, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Nov 16, 2009 $73,045
LAN Administrator II The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2015 $65,511
LAN Administrator Prabhav Eglobal Services Horsham, PA Mar 19, 2010 $60,000
LAN Administrator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 14, 2013 $55,243
LAN Administrator IMS Health Incorporated Plymouth Meeting, PA Jan 14, 2010 $52,020
LAN Administrator LL Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Aug 29, 2011 $51,069
LAN Administrator Police Federal Credit Union Upper Marlboro, MD Dec 14, 2009 $50,693
LAN Administrator LL Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Sep 15, 2010 $49,500
Microcomputer/Lan Administrator Texas Agrilife Research El Paso, TX Jul 31, 2011 $47,390
Microcomputer/Lan Administrator Texas Agrilife Research El Paso, TX Oct 10, 2010 $47,390

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Top Skills for A LAN Administrator

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Desktop
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  • Performed data migrations from Windows XP computers to Windows 7 computers and imaged new computers with the Windows 7 operating system.
  • Assist in procurement, installation and configuration of network hardware and peripherals.
  • Provided network and desktop support to 777 engineering and executive management distributed over two buildings.
  • Ensured all applications were operational and PCs operated within users desired parameters.
  • Supported and administered company remote access servers.

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Top 10 Best States for LAN Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Jersey
  5. Texas
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Connecticut
  8. California
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