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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 Latino7.5%
Black or African American1.8%
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University of Phoenix17.8%
Northwestern Polytechnic University7.8%
University of South Florida5.6%
Iowa State University5.6%
San Francisco State University5.6%
Texas A&M University4.4%
Fairleigh Dickinson University4.4%
Governors State University4.4%
Missouri State University3.3%
University of Maryland - University College3.3%
Western Governors University3.3%
University of Washington3.3%
State University of New York Albany3.3%
San Diego State University3.3%
Silicon Valley University3.3%
University of California - Davis3.3%
Santa Clara University3.3%
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|Senior Salesforce Administrator||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Oct 14, 2015||$148,803|
|Salesforce Administrator||Xifin, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jul 06, 2015||$140,000|
|Certified Salesforce Administrator||Scopus It, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. Salesforce Administrator||Solarcity Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 18, 2015||$140,000|
|Senior Salesforce Administrator and Developer||Marketo, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 12, 2016||$139,000 -
|Salesforce Administrator||Surveymonkey Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$135,000|
|SR. Salesforce Administrator||Solarcity Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$130,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Interactive Advertising Bureau||New York, NY||Aug 19, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. Salesforce Administrator||Solarcity Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$125,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Mongodb, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 18, 2015||$125,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||AIG Claims, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jun 15, 2015||$125,000|
|Salesforce Administrator III||Genomic Health, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$123,000|
|Senior Salesforce Administrator||Gigamon, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 25, 2016||$122,762|
|Salesforce Administrator||Ecova, Inc.||Richardson, TX||Aug 24, 2016||$99,258|
|Salesforce Administrator||Intone Networks Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$99,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Intone Networks Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$99,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Paramount Software Solutions, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 15, 2016||$98,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Sunstreet Energy Group LLC||Miami, FL||Oct 15, 2015||$95,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Merchant E-Solutions, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jul 15, 2015||$95,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Amplify Education, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 14, 2015||$95,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||Knight Capital Funding LLC||Miami Beach, FL||Jan 28, 2016||$95,000|
|Salesforce.Com Administrator||Ashton Woods Corporate, LLC||Roswell, GA||Aug 31, 2015||$84,261|
|Salesforce Administrator, Business System||Elasticsearch, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 18, 2015||$82,992 -
|Salesforce Admin/Developer||Prime Software Technologies, Inc.||Round Rock, TX||Jul 14, 2015||$81,182|
|Salesforce Administrator||Guru It Solutions Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$80,000|
|Salesforce Administrator||V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc.||Vernon Hills, IL||Sep 07, 2016||$80,000|
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|Salesforce.Com Administrator||Trulia Inc.||Centennial, CO||Aug 11, 2015||$78,915 -
|Salesforce Administrator||Carfax, Inc.||Centreville, VA||Aug 12, 2015||$78,000|
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