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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 Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix30.8%
University of Maryland - University College6.5%
University of Houston3.8%
Texas A&M University3.5%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
University of Maryland - College Park2.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University2.9%
West Virginia University2.9%
New York University2.6%
Florida State University2.6%
George Mason University2.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Cassandra Administrator||SONY Interactive Entertainment Network America LLC||San Diego, CA||Oct 05, 2016||$163,000|
|Hyperion EPM SR. Administrator/Developer||Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$152,776 -
|SR. SOA Administrator||J2 Consulting Information Assurance Professionals, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Basis Administrator||Lam Research Corporation||Fremont, CA||Jan 07, 2016||$144,612|
|Senior Hyperion Administrator||Vmware, Inc.||Snoqualmie, WA||Dec 14, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Siebel Administrator||Dax Software Solutions, Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Jun 08, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. BI Netweaver Administrator||Becton, Dickinson & Company||Franklin Lakes, NJ||Mar 02, 2015||$139,913|
|Senior Basis Administrator||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Houston, TX||Mar 09, 2015||$136,006|
|SR. AEM Administrator||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 15, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior SAP Netweaver Administrator||Becton, Dickinson and Company||Franklin Lakes, NJ||Apr 15, 2016||$132,613|
|Senior SAP Netweaver Administrator||Becton, Dickinson & Company||Franklin Lakes, NJ||Mar 02, 2015||$128,750|
|SR. Integrations Administrator||Gate Gourmet Inc.||Reston, VA||Dec 19, 2016||$127,379 -
|SR. Tool Administrator-Developer||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Winston-Salem, NC||Aug 07, 2015||$113,000|
|Senior Microstrategy Administrator||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Jul 31, 2015||$113,000|
|SR. Administrator, Database Oracle||T-Mobile USA, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Dec 14, 2016||$112,000 -
|Senior Administrator-Storage||Devon Energy Corporation||Oklahoma City, OK||Oct 22, 2016||$111,700|
|SR. Solaris Administrator||Daily News, L.P.||Jersey City, NJ||Jul 29, 2016||$111,613|
|Senior Administrator||Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 16, 2016||$111,613|
|SR. J2Ee Administrator||Cox Communications||Atlanta, GA||Apr 13, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior BI Platform Administrator||Optum Services, Inc.||Hartford, CT||Apr 13, 2015||$97,178 -
|Senior Administrator, System Unix||T-Mobile USA, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Apr 11, 2015||$97,074 -
|Senior Portal Administrator||Sedona, Inc. D/B/A/Sedona Technologies||Moline, IL||Jul 31, 2015||$97,000|
|Senior Administrator Sap/Basis||Molex, LLC||Lisle, IL||Nov 05, 2016||$96,907 -
|Senior BI Platform Administrator||Optum Services, Inc.||Hartford, CT||Feb 10, 2015||$96,075 -
|SR. Siebel Administrator (Applications Response Analyst)||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Englewood, CO||Dec 31, 2015||$95,971 -
|SR. Administrator, Database Oracle||T-Mobile USA, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Sep 21, 2015||$95,534 -
|Senior Platform Administrator||V TEK Solutions Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Oct 09, 2016||$95,000|
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