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|
|Operations Administrator||Mayo Clinic||Rochester, MN||Jul 09, 2016||$140,857|
|Storage Operations Administrator||Box, Inc.||Los Altos, CA||Nov 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Operations Administrator||Workday, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Sep 21, 2013||$133,900|
|Vice President of Operations and Administration||Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation||Baltimore, MD||May 02, 2011||$132,974|
|Engineer IV-Provisioning OPS SYS Admin||Verisign, Inc.||Reston, VA||Feb 06, 2015||$129,902|
|Business Operations Administrator||Gilbert Hospital LLC||Gilbert, AZ||Sep 09, 2012||$119,000|
|Senior Application Operations Administrator||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2015||$115,000|
|Development Operations Administrator||Consumers Energy Company||Jackson, MI||Jan 11, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Application Operations Administrator||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Nov 11, 2013||$110,000 -
|Financial Operations Administrator||Wiles Mensch Corporation-Dc||Reston, VA||Apr 17, 2015||$110,000|
|Operations Administrator||Workday, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Sep 25, 2014||$105,000|
|Senior Application Operations Administrator||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$104,458 -
|Application Operations Administrator III||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Aug 04, 2016||$102,500|
|Application Operations Administrator III||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Feb 26, 2016||$102,500|
|Internal Operations Asset Administrator IV||Health Care Service Corp.||Chicago, IL||Mar 06, 2015||$88,254 -
|Operations Siebel Administrator||Jc USA, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Feb 03, 2016||$83,000 -
|IIS Engineer/Operations Admin||Greenbay Infotech LLC||Bellevue, WA||Jan 12, 2015||$82,500|
|Emc-Storage Operations Administrator||It Vertex Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 23, 2015||$78,603|
|Server Operations Administrator||Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$76,000|
|Applicat. Administration Operations III/Release Co||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Sep 02, 2013||$76,000 -
|Linux Operations Administrator II||Rackspace Us, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Mar 05, 2012||$75,000|
|Cloud Operations Platform Administrator||Risk Management Solutions, Inc.||Newark, CA||Jul 08, 2013||$75,000 -
|Marketing Operations Administrator||Hakkasan Holdings, LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Jul 12, 2015||$64,000|
|Operations Administrator||BMCO Industries, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Oct 15, 2010||$63,500|
|Operations Administrator||BMCO Industries, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Oct 01, 2010||$63,500|
|OPS Administrator II||DPM Mellon, LLC||Somerset, NJ||Jan 28, 2011||$63,500|
|Systems Operations Administrator||The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2015||$63,086 -
|Senior Operations Administrator||Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Intern||Washington, DC||Aug 15, 2013||$63,000|
|Operations Administrator||Tools and Hardware LC||Miami, FL||Dec 27, 2012||$62,669|
|Internal Operations Asset Administrator IV||Health Care Service Corporation||Chicago, IL||Mar 26, 2012||$61,500 -
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