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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.
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Hispanic or Latino6.9%
Black or African American2.3%
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More Tech Institute10.4%
University of Central Missouri7.8%
University of Maryland - University College6.5%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.5%
University of Phoenix6.5%
University of Texas at Austin5.2%
Georgia State University5.2%
Southern Arkansas University3.9%
Wright State University3.9%
Brigham Young University3.9%
Northwestern Polytechnic University3.9%
University of Arizona3.9%
Northern Virginia Community College3.9%
Northern Illinois University3.9%
Wake Technical Community College3.9%
Louisiana State University and A&M College2.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Linux SYS Admin||Trulia Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$125,000|
|Linux Administrator||AES Servics, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Oct 21, 2016||$115,000 -
|Linux Administrator||Nabors Corporate Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 03, 2016||$110,032|
|Linux Administrator||Flextrade Systems, Inc.||Great Neck, NY||Aug 31, 2016||$105,000|
|Linux Administrator||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Mar 10, 2016||$100,000|
|Linux Administrator||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Jun 09, 2016||$100,000|
|Aix/Linux Administrator||Global Bridge Infotech, Inc.||Irving, TX||Apr 01, 2016||$95,100 -
|Linux Administrator||Numit Technologies LLC||Woonsocket, RI||Nov 04, 2016||$95,000|
|Redhat Linux Administrator||Genesis Corp||Dallas, TX||Aug 26, 2015||$94,000|
|Linux Administrator||Populus Group LLC||San Jose, CA||Sep 22, 2016||$93,915|
|Linux Administrator||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||Reston, VA||Jul 28, 2015||$92,248|
|Linux Administrator||Adroit Resources Inc.||Fremont, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$90,000|
|Linux Administrator||Epitec, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 16, 2015||$85,280|
|Linux Administrator||Salesforce.Com Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Jun 17, 2016||$74,547|
|Linux Administrator||Veritis Group, Inc.||Carlstadt, NJ||May 18, 2015||$73,920|
|Linux Administrator||Global Bridge Infotech, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 08, 2016||$72,400 -
|Linux Administrator||Global Bridge Infotech, Inc.||Irving, TX||May 10, 2016||$72,400 -
|Linux Administrator||TEK Signature LLC||Berkeley Lake, GA||Sep 15, 2016||$71,500|
|Linux Admin||Glaman Tech, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Sep 08, 2016||$71,000|
|Linux Administrator||Growth 2.0 LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Mar 02, 2015||$70,000|
|Linux Administrator||Advanced Knowledge Tech, LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Sep 26, 2016||$70,000|
|Aix/Linux Administrator||Reliant Vision Group Inc.||NJ||Jun 21, 2016||$65,500|
|Aix/Linux Administrator||Reliant Vision Group Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Jul 26, 2016||$65,500|
|Linux Administrator||Aita Consulting Services, Inc.||Ridgefield, CT||Jan 06, 2016||$65,333|
|Linux Administrator||Nexus It Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jan 09, 2016||$65,000|
|Linux Administrator||Jonam Systems Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jan 09, 2016||$65,000|
|Linux Administrator||Corporate Computer Solutions LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 21, 2015||$65,000|
|Linux Administrator||Corporate Computer Solutions LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 20, 2015||$65,000|
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