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|
|Network Manager, Optical||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Apr 07, 2016||$210,000|
|Network Systems Manager||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 20, 2016||$154,440 -
|Manager, Networks||BAHA Industries Corp. DBA Open Systems Technologies||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$133,723|
|Manager, Network Automation Architecture||Internap Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Apr 15, 2016||$130,125|
|Manager, Networks||Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info||Edison, NJ||Sep 05, 2016||$129,334|
|Manager, Network Systems||Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.||Daly City, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$122,949|
|Network Manager||Universal Electronics, Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||May 15, 2015||$120,000 -
|Network Systems MGR 1||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Dec 01, 2014||$111,509 -
|Specialist Network Manager||Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc.||Newark, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$110,076|
|Network Manager||Access Bio, Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Mar 05, 2015||$106,600|
|Manager Network Team||Open Text, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 23, 2014||$105,000|
|Payments Network Manager||Transaction Network Services, Inc.||Reston, VA||Aug 16, 2015||$103,251 -
|Payments Network Manager||Transaction Network Services, Inc.||Reston, VA||Mar 03, 2016||$103,251|
|Manager, Carrier Network||Global Mail, Inc. D/B/A DHL Ecommerce||Weston, FL||Nov 21, 2016||$95,805 -
|Manager, Network Systems||Valueoptions, Inc.||Reston, VA||May 16, 2011||$95,000|
|Manager, Network Presales||En Pointe Technologies Sales, Inc.||Henderson, NV||Sep 08, 2015||$95,000 -
|Network Manager||Boston Public Health Commission||Boston, MA||Mar 18, 2016||$94,806|
|Network Manager||Aetherpal, Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Aug 28, 2015||$93,000|
|Network and Systems Manager||Orange Business Services U.S., Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 11, 2014||$92,803|
|Network Systems Manager||The Howard University||Washington, DC||Oct 25, 2011||$91,000|
|Network (IS) Systems Manager||The Howard University||Washington, DC||Nov 22, 2012||$91,000|
|Network Improvement Manager||Starbucks Coffee Company||Seattle, WA||Jul 16, 2012||$77,800 -
|Manager, Logistics Information Network||Emerson Electric Co.||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 21, 2011||$76,856 -
|Supply Network Manager||VHA Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$75,000|
|Network Manager||Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Jul 18, 2012||$75,000|
|Network Manager||Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Nov 29, 2011||$75,000|
|Network Manager||Nexsen Pruet, LLC||Columbia, SC||Aug 30, 2011||$74,422|
|Network Manager||Hillis Adjustment Agency, Inc.||Bensalem, PA||May 01, 2013||$73,000|
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