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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 Latino11.2%
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University of Phoenix21.4%
Community College of the Air Force7.9%
University of Maryland - University College7.6%
George Washington University4.2%
Northern Virginia Community College3.7%
American InterContinental University3.4%
Southern New Hampshire University3.4%
Colorado Technical University3.4%
University of Maryland - College Park3.1%
Pennsylvania State University3.1%
George Mason University3.1%
Western Governors University2.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer||Liveops Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$135,000|
|Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer||Liveops Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Feb 17, 2016||$135,000|
|Product Manager-Networks & Operations||Hexaware Technologies, Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Oct 16, 2015||$130,000|
|Product Manager-Networks & Operations||Hexaware Technologies, Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Oct 23, 2015||$130,000|
|Specialist-Network Operations||Verizon Business Network Services||San Francisco, CA||May 25, 2015||$129,541|
|Specialist-Network Operations||Verizon Business Network Services, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 12, 2012||$129,541|
|Specialist-Network Operations||Verizon Business Network Services||San Francisco, CA||May 25, 2012||$129,541|
|Specialist Network Operations (Senior Engineer)||Verizon Business Network Services, Inc.||New York, NY||May 13, 2013||$116,930|
|Network Operations Senior||Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co.||Reston, VA||Dec 09, 2016||$115,086 -
|Team Manager Network Operations||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2015||$115,000|
|Associate Network Operations Center Engineer||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jun 07, 2016||$113,402 -
|Specialist-Network Operations||Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates||Ashburn, VA||Aug 26, 2015||$112,362|
|Manager Network Operations||Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$110,000|
|Service Operations Owner-Network Operation Center||Allegis Group, Inc.||MD||Dec 15, 2015||$100,000|
|Network Operations Center Engineer||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 04, 2013||$100,000|
|Manager, Network Operation||Kodiak Networks, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 27, 2016||$99,590 -
|Specialist-Network Operations||MCI Communications Services, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 30, 2012||$99,258 -
|Specialist Network Operations (Senior Engineer)||Verizon Business Network Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 10, 2013||$97,157 -
|Manager, Network Operations Center||Riot Games, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 25, 2016||$96,866 -
|Network Operations Center (NOC) Engineer||Silver Spring Networks, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 15, 2010||$96,000|
|Engineer 4, Network Operations||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Greenwood Village, CO||Sep 26, 2016||$95,971 -
|Specialist-Network OPS (Specialist-Web Development||Verizon Services Organization, Inc.||Temple Terrace, FL||Oct 31, 2013||$81,849|
|Senior Engineer, Network OPS||United Airlines, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Mar 18, 2015||$80,500 -
|Computer Network Operations||Activision Publishing Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||May 01, 2015||$78,666|
|Network Operations Center Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Oct 17, 2011||$78,000|
|Manager Network Operations||Civolution USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$75,500|
|Staff Accountant--Network Operations||Nextnav LLC||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$75,000|
|Network Operator Senior||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Mar 16, 2015||$75,000 -
|Network & Storage Operations Specilaist||Universal Information Solutions||Atlanta, GA||Dec 01, 2012||$75,000|
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