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Become A Network Administrator

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Working As A Network Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $65,879

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Administrator Do

A Network Administrator is responsible for connecting different devices together to form fast and efficient networks. They maintain network performance through performing network monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting network problems.

How To Become A Network Administrator

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.


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.


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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Real Network Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Administrator Spectraforce Technologies, Inc. San Ramon, CA Jan 29, 2015 $146,090
Advanced Network Administrator Refund Plan Inc. Silver Spring, MD Jul 19, 2016 $135,616
Network Administrator Betabrand Corporation San Francisco, CA May 21, 2015 $135,000
Principal Network Administrator Touchcommerce, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Oct 29, 2015 $131,451
Network Administrator Nap San Diego LLC San Diego, CA Nov 18, 2015 $125,466
Network Administrator-IV HCL America, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $125,382 -
Network Administrator Critical Mention, Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2016 $120,000
Network Administrator Proofpoint, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 20, 2015 $120,000
Network Administrator It Spin Inc. Frisco, TX Mar 05, 2016 $118,310
Network Administrator It Spin Inc. Frisco, TX Jul 22, 2016 $118,310

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Top Skills for A Network Administrator


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Top Network Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide maintenance and support for Windows Server, Exchange Server and Windows desktop.
  • Installed, configured, and maintained network hardware, software, and IT infrastructure for unclassified and classified networks.
  • Managed active directory user accounts for North America, supporting 3000+ users.
  • Coordinated use of Symantec Backup Exec 2010 across multiple offices.
  • Managed and supported VPN remote access.

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