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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SAP Netweaver Administrator||Varian Medical Systems, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$161,730|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Debaise Holdings, LLC||Tempe, AZ||Jan 07, 2016||$146,090|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.||Hercules, CA||Apr 03, 2016||$140,000|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Dec 30, 2015||$135,000|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Nextlabs, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$130,000|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Nextlabs, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Oct 25, 2016||$130,000|
|SAP GRC Admin||Intone Networks Inc.||Blue Bell, PA||Nov 13, 2015||$130,000|
|SAP Basis Specialist||Nestle Globe Inc.||Glendale, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$125,460 -
|SAP Basis Specialist||Nestle Globe Inc.||Glendale, CA||May 13, 2015||$125,460 -
|SAP Basis Administrator||Professional Support, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Aug 30, 2016||$125,220|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Professional Support, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Apr 09, 2015||$125,220|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Professional Support, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Sep 04, 2015||$125,220|
|SAP Basis Engineer II||Bizit Consultants Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Jan 25, 2016||$125,000|
|SAP Basis Engineer II||Bizit Consultants Inc.||Washington, DC||Jan 11, 2015||$125,000|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Doterra International, LLC||Pleasant Grove, UT||Oct 18, 2016||$100,000|
|SAP Basis Lead||Cintas Corporation||Mason, OH||Feb 16, 2015||$99,445|
|SAP Security and Basis Consultant||Copart, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Oct 19, 2015||$99,258 -
|SAP Basis Administrator||TAWA Supermarket Inc.||Buena Park, CA||Jan 23, 2015||$98,400 -
|SAP Basis Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Wayne, PA||Aug 19, 2015||$98,220|
|SAP Basis Administrator||Paccar Inc.||Renton, WA||Oct 01, 2015||$79,200 -
|SAP Basis Administrator||Cabela's, Inc.||Lincoln, NE||Jul 01, 2015||$79,040 -
|SAP Basis Consultant||Archents, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Nov 25, 2016||$78,957 -
|SAP Basis Administrators||Delasoft, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Mar 16, 2015||$78,770|
|SAP Basis Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Indianapolis, IN||Aug 13, 2015||$78,703 -
|SAP Basis Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Mounds View, MN||Oct 31, 2016||$78,499 -
|SAP Basis Administrator||Sargento Foods, Inc.||Plymouth, WI||Jan 08, 2016||$78,409|
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