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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 Latino12.8%
Black or African American1.5%
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University of Phoenix11.7%
More Tech Institute9.2%
University of Maryland - University College8.3%
George Mason University6.7%
Pittsburgh Technical Institute6.7%
University of Texas at Arlington5.0%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro4.2%
Western Governors University4.2%
Northern Virginia Community College4.2%
New York University3.3%
University of North Texas3.3%
San Francisco State University3.3%
Southern Methodist University3.3%
Austin Community College3.3%
Florida International University3.3%
University of Texas at Austin3.3%
Lincoln College of Technology - Denver2.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|NOC Engineer 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$145,600|
|NOC Engineer 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$119,000|
|NOC Engineer||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$116,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 02, 2013||$105,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$105,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 06, 2016||$105,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$104,000|
|NOC Engineer 3||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$97,154|
|NOC Engineer||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$92,600 -
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||Scottsdale, AZ||Mar 10, 2016||$91,000|
|NOC Engineer||EBAY Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 25, 2013||$87,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$83,173|
|NOC Engineer||Savvis Communications Corporation||Weehawken, NJ||Sep 26, 2015||$80,057|
|NOC Engineer||Jump Operations, LLC||Chicago, IL||Aug 09, 2016||$80,000|
|NOC Engineer||Comtech, LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 20, 2013||$76,080|
|NOC Engineer||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2009||$75,000|
|NOC Engineer 2||Paypal, Inc.||Scottsdale, AZ||Jun 09, 2015||$75,000|
|NOC Engineer||Wiline Networks, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Sep 25, 2012||$68,000|
|NOC Tier II Engineer (Computer Network Architect)||Wiline Networks, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Sep 25, 2012||$67,000 -
|Noc/Competency Center Engineer||TEC Integra, L.L.C.||Miami, FL||Apr 08, 2016||$65,998|
|NOC Architect/Engineer||Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC||Irving, TX||Apr 07, 2011||$65,650|
|NOC Engineer||Virtela Technology Services Inc.||Denver, CO||Jul 01, 2011||$60,000|
|NOC Engineer||USR Systems||Atlanta, GA||Aug 09, 2015||$60,000|
|SMS NOC Engineer||Telintel Ltd||Weston, FL||Sep 19, 2015||$60,000|
|NOC Engineer (Network Operations Center Engineer)||Intone Networks Inc.||Framingham, MA||Sep 13, 2013||$60,000|
|NOC Engineer||Virtela Technology Services Incorporated||Greenwood Village, CO||Oct 01, 2011||$60,000|
|NOC Engineer||Ibasis, Inc.||Lexington, MA||Feb 09, 2016||$58,406|
|NOC Engineer||Ibasis, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Sep 05, 2015||$57,990|
|NOC Engineer||C||Washington, DC||Dec 01, 2010||$56,043|
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