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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 Development Operations Engineer||Gap Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 09, 2014||$150,000|
|Lead Operations Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 08, 2012||$131,000|
|Lead Development Operations Engineer||Operative Media Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 24, 2014||$130,000|
|Lead Web Operations Engineer||Home Depot USA, Inc.||Austin, TX||Feb 02, 2015||$129,150|
|Science Engineering Strategy & Operations Lead||Monsanto Company||Saint Louis, MO||Apr 14, 2016||$118,394|
|Platform Engineering OPS Lead||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 11, 2012||$115,000 -
|Lead Operations Engineer||Freewheel Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$114,000|
|Lead Systems Operation Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 21, 2016||$113,963|
|Lead Development Operations Engineer||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 17, 2012||$110,000 -
|Science Engineering Strategy & Operations Lead||Monsanto Company||Saint Louis, MO||Mar 03, 2015||$105,666|
|Lead Analyst, Operations Decision Engineering||Directv LLC||Dallas, TX||Oct 11, 2016||$105,120|
|Lead Analyst, Operations Decision Engineering||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$105,120|
|Lead Operations Engineer||Freewheel Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 05, 2015||$105,000 -
|Lead Digital Operations Engineer||Guthy-Renker LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 07, 2014||$105,000|
|Lead Digital Operations Engineer||The Proactiv Company LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$100,000 -
|Lead Digital Operations Engineer||The Proactiv Company LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$100,000 -
|Team Lead, Black OPS Engineering||Appnexus||New York, NY||Apr 28, 2014||$100,000|
|Team Lead, Black OPS Engineering||Appnexus||New York, NY||Mar 10, 2014||$100,000|
|Lead Transmission Operations Engineer||Oge Energy Corporation||Oklahoma City, OK||Aug 10, 2015||$99,000 -
|Lead Software Operations Engineer||Tresata, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 25, 2016||$91,210|
|Lead Analyst, OPS Decision Engineering||Directv, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Oct 11, 2010||$90,012|
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