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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 Latino10.6%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix19.0%
University of Maryland - University College7.8%
Northern Virginia Community College7.8%
American InterContinental University3.7%
Community College of the Air Force3.1%
University of Houston3.1%
George Washington University2.7%
Ohio State University2.7%
Northern Kentucky University2.7%
George Mason University2.7%
Southern New Hampshire University2.7%
Colorado Technical University2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Security Administrator||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$166,960|
|Senior Security Administrator||Public Storage||Glendale, CA||Sep 19, 2015||$165,000|
|Unix Security Admin||Diversant LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Aug 21, 2014||$125,220 -
|Enterprise Application Security Administrator||Wood Group Mustang, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 09, 2015||$124,800|
|Lead Security Administrator||The Gap, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Sep 28, 2010||$115,000|
|Security Administrator||Crown Equipment Corporation||New Bremen, OH||Dec 13, 2016||$113,412 -
|Lead Security Administrator||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 28, 2013||$111,675 -
|Security Administrator||Trustees of Boston University||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2015||$109,000|
|Lead Security Administrator||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 28, 2012||$107,830 -
|Peoplesoft Security Administrator||Comprobase Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 27, 2014||$105,000|
|Peoplesoft Security Administrator||Comprobase Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 02, 2014||$105,000|
|Security Admin III-SAP||Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary||Greeley, CO||Nov 14, 2016||$105,000|
|Peoplesoft Security Administrator||Comprobase Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 25, 2015||$105,000|
|Security Administrator||Trustees of Boston University||Boston, MA||Jan 03, 2011||$100,000|
|GTI GSO Keon Unix Security Administrator||JP Morgan Chase & Co||Houston, TX||Jan 03, 2016||$100,000|
|Security Administrator||Crown Equipment Corporation||New Bremen, OH||Aug 17, 2015||$94,640 -
|Lead Security Administrator||The Gap, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||May 28, 2010||$92,300 -
|Security/Splunk Administrator||University of Minnesota||Minneapolis, MN||Oct 31, 2016||$92,000|
|Security Administrator||The Chamberlain Group, Inc.||Elmhurst, IL||Apr 25, 2011||$91,166 -
|Web Hosting Security Administrator||Assurant Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 03, 2011||$85,000|
|Security Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Richardson, TX||Dec 08, 2014||$85,000|
|Security Admin III-SAP||Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary||Greeley, CO||Nov 14, 2016||$75,000 -
|RSA Archer/Security Administrator||IQ Systems, Inc.||Iselin, NJ||Sep 15, 2016||$75,000|
|Security Administrator||IBM India Private Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Jan 10, 2014||$73,965 -
|Security Administrator||IBM India Private Limited||Phoenix, AZ||May 16, 2012||$72,908|
|Security Administrator||IBM India Pvt. Ltd.||Phoenix, AZ||Dec 02, 2011||$72,908|
|Security Administrator||IBM India Pvt. Ltd.||Phoenix, AZ||Nov 10, 2011||$72,908|
|Security Administrator||IBM India Pvt. Ltd.||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 25, 2011||$72,908|
|System Analyst/Unix Security Admin.||Princeton It Services Inc.||Princeton Junction, NJ||Jan 25, 2011||$72,696 -
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