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Working As A Network Systems Integrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Systems Integrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Systems Integrator

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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Average Length of Employment
Network Integrator 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Systems Integrator
Recruiter 3.3%
Internship 3.3%
Top Careers After Network Systems Integrator
Consultant 4.8%

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Top Skills for A Network Systems Integrator

  1. Hardware Tickets
  2. Novell
  3. Relational Databases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Migrated 1000 users from Novell 3.12 and OS/2 network environment to Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 environment.
  • Develop strategic operating plans on troubleshooting or installing software or hardware.
  • Managed Boeing Corporation primary account including backup support for five additional national accounts.
  • Establish network device monitoring requirements using HP OpenView and Spectrum on UNIX platforms.
  • Full life Cycle recruitment for all levels of positions including engineering, IT, desktop support, sales and administrative positions.

Network Systems Integrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

100.0%

Network Systems Integrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

10.0%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

6.7%

American University

6.7%

George Mason University

6.7%

The Academy

6.7%

DePaul University

6.7%

University of Dayton

3.3%

Alfred University

3.3%

International Academy of Design and Technology

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

National American University-Zona Rosa

3.3%

Antioch University-New England

3.3%

Baker University

3.3%

Delaware County Community College

3.3%

Marshall University

3.3%

University of the Pacific

3.3%

York College

3.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

Mt Sierra College

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.9%

Business

17.6%

Electrical Engineering

9.5%

Information Technology

8.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.4%

Computer Programming

5.4%

Management

4.1%

Psychology

4.1%

Information Systems

4.1%

Communication

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Computer Networking

2.7%

Information Sciences

1.4%

Parks And Recreation Management

1.4%

Mental Health Counseling

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

22.6%

Other

15.1%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

6.5%

Doctorate

3.2%

Diploma

1.1%
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