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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|
|Lead Network Engineer||Automatic Data Processing, Inc.||Roseland, NJ||Feb 28, 2011||$165,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||Groupware Technology, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Oct 27, 2014||$160,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||Websense, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Mar 26, 2012||$134,000|
|Digital Networking Lead||Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.||Austin, TX||Dec 10, 2016||$117,790 -
|Network Lead||Weight Watchers International Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 25, 2011||$115,000|
|Network Lead||Groupware Technology, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Dec 05, 2011||$114,816|
|Lead Network Engineer||American Chemical Society||Washington, DC||Sep 26, 2013||$114,147|
|Network Lead||Groupware Technology, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Oct 28, 2012||$114,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||Realnetworks, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Sep 01, 2014||$113,500|
|Lead Network Engineer||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$110,365 -
|Lead Network Engineer||Electronic Arts Inc.||Vista, CA||Oct 20, 2011||$110,313|
|Network Lead||Groupware Technology, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Mar 08, 2010||$108,000|
|Leader, Network Engineering||Mastercard International Incorporated||OFallon, MO||Nov 10, 2014||$105,117|
|Lead Network Engineer||American Chemical Society||Washington, DC||Aug 04, 2014||$105,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Vista, CA||Mar 01, 2011||$105,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||ICAP Services North America LLC||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Jul 24, 2016||$104,229|
|Lead Network Engineer||Home Depot USA, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Apr 03, 2010||$100,387|
|Lead Network Engineer||Tetra Pak Global Information Management Americas I||Denton, TX||Oct 01, 2013||$98,568|
|Lead Network Engineering Manager||at&T Services, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 01, 2010||$96,799|
|Lead Network Engineer||Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 30, 2012||$96,357|
|Lead Network Engineer||Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 14, 2016||$95,200|
|Lead Network Engineer||Indiana University||Bloomington, IN||Sep 18, 2009||$92,098|
|Lead Network Engineer||Tetra Pak Global Information Management Americas I||Denton, TX||Sep 01, 2014||$91,664 -
|Lead Network Engineer||Digicon Corporation||Herndon, VA||Sep 13, 2010||$91,000|
|Lead Network Engineer||Digicon Corporation.||Herndon, VA||Sep 13, 2010||$91,000|
|SR. Network Engineer/Team Lead||Virtela Technology Services Incorporated||Greenwood Village, CO||Sep 13, 2011||$90,000|
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