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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|
|Middleware Administrator||System Soft Technologies LLC||Tampa, FL||Apr 08, 2016||$171,912|
|Middleware Admin||Populus Group LLC||Woodbury, MN||Oct 12, 2015||$125,220|
|Middleware Administrator||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Middleware Administrator||American Tire Distributors, Inc.||Huntersville, NC||Jun 06, 2016||$120,000|
|Principle Engineer, Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) Administrator||C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Dec 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Middleware Administrator||American Tire Distributors, Inc.||Huntersville, NC||Jul 03, 2016||$120,000|
|Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator||Select Comfort Corporation||Plymouth, MN||Jan 10, 2016||$120,000 -
|Middleware Administrator||Discovery Communication, LLC||Silver Spring, MD||Sep 30, 2015||$119,000 -
|Middleware Administrator, Nibr RCP||Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Oct 21, 2016||$118,163|
|Senior Datapower Middleware Administrator||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||May 10, 2015||$118,000|
|Senior Datapower Middleware Administrator||AIG Technologies, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Feb 22, 2016||$118,000|
|Senior Middleware Administrator||Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jan 07, 2016||$115,000 -
|Systems Specialist Infrastructure Middleware Administrator||Macy's Systems and Technology||Johns Creek, GA||May 18, 2016||$113,235 -
|Systems Specialist-Infrastructure Middleware Administrator (Tibco)||Macy's Systems and Technology, Inc.||Johns Creek, GA||Oct 31, 2016||$113,235 -
|Senior Middleware Administrator||Astir It Solutions Inc.||Columbus, OH||Nov 11, 2015||$86,100|
|Senior Middleware Administrator||Astir It Solutions Inc.||Columbus, OH||Feb 11, 2015||$86,100|
|Enterprise Middleware Administrator II||Emory University||Atlanta, GA||Aug 29, 2016||$85,000|
|Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator||Rd Tech Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2016||$85,000|
|Middleware Administrator||Sapphire Software Solutions Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Dec 10, 2015||$85,000|
|Fusion Middleware Administrator||Sapphire Software Solutions Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$85,000|
|Middleware Administrator||Infomerica, Inc.||Cary, NC||Sep 02, 2015||$84,178|
|Middleware Administrator||JVR Systems, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Oct 07, 2015||$84,000|
|Database/Middleware Administrator||E-It Professionals Corp.||Richardson, TX||Feb 25, 2016||$72,301|
|Middleware Administrator||Sriven Systems, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$72,000|
|Middleware Administrator II||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||Raleigh, NC||Mar 09, 2015||$72,000|
|Middleware Administrator||Oberon It, Inc.||Framingham, MA||May 28, 2015||$72,000|
|Middleware Administrator||IBM India Private Limited||Austin, TX||Jul 23, 2015||$71,386|
|Middleware Administrator||IBM India Private Limited||Austin, TX||Aug 06, 2015||$71,386|
|Middleware Administrator||Astir It Solutions Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jan 02, 2016||$71,000|
|Middleware Administrator||Astir It Solutions Inc.||Union, NJ||Jul 03, 2016||$71,000|
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