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|
|Director, Unix/Linux Systems Admin||1-800-Flowers.Com, Inc.||Carle Place, NY||Nov 20, 2013||$159,299|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Jbcconnect Ca LLC||Oakland, CA||Aug 18, 2016||$138,264|
|Linux Systems Administrator||IMVU, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 24, 2014||$130,000|
|Linux System Administrator||Xaxis, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 21, 2016||$125,000|
|Linux System Administrator||Salesforce.Com||San Mateo, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$125,000|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Nov 04, 2013||$125,000|
|Linux System Administration Manager||Servicenow, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 21, 2015||$123,822 -
|Linux System Administrator||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$120,390|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Proofpoint, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 01, 2014||$115,830|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$112,530|
|Linux System Administrator||Velti USA, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 24, 2012||$111,910 -
|Linux Systems Administrator||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 26, 2015||$111,509|
|Linux Systems Administrator||National Public Radio Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 09, 2015||$110,000|
|Unix/Linux Systems Administrator||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||Reston, VA||Apr 01, 2015||$89,669|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Veritis Group, Inc.||Irving, TX||Dec 25, 2016||$88,795|
|Linux System Administrator||Klntek||Pasadena, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$87,000|
|Linux System Administrator||TEK Leaders, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 24, 2016||$87,000|
|Aix/Linux System Administrator||Server Management Services LLC||Irving, TX||Jun 16, 2016||$85,900 -
|Aix/Linux System Administrator||Server Management Services LLC||Irving, TX||May 05, 2016||$85,900 -
|Linux System Administrator||24/7 Real Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 01, 2011||$85,000|
|Linux System Administrator||Server Management Services LLC||Irving, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$72,400 -
|Linux System Administrator||Server Management Services LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 06, 2016||$72,400 -
|Linux System Administrator||Realsoft Technologies, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 12, 2016||$72,000|
|Linux Systems Administrator||Apptricity Corporation||Irving, TX||Jun 24, 2016||$72,000|
|Linux System Administrator||Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 04, 2016||$72,000|
|Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts||Rackspace Us, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Feb 13, 2015||$71,660|
|Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts||Rackspace Us, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Feb 23, 2015||$71,660|
|Unix/Linux System Administrator||ADAP.TV, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 11, 2013||$70,849|
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