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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|
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||Velocloud Networks, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 29, 2016||$180,000|
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||Big Switch Networks, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 16, 2014||$140,000 -
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||AZUL Systems, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||AZUL Systems, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$130,000|
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||Oclaro Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 23, 2012||$127,671|
|Senior Principal Customer Support Engineer||Schneider Electric Software LLC||Lake Forest, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$126,630 -
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Alstom Grid Inc.||Houston, TX||May 20, 2011||$126,464|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Altiscale, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 08, 2016||$120,349 -
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Areva T&D Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 25, 2010||$120,000 -
|Senior Principal Customer Support Engineer||Schneider Electric Software LLC||Lake Forest, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$119,725 -
|Senior Technical Customer Support Engineer||Netscout Systems Inc.||Westford, MA||Oct 25, 2016||$119,413 -
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||Liveops, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 13, 2013||$115,000|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Netscout Systems, Inc.||Reston, VA||Oct 15, 2012||$112,000|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Netscout Systems, Inc.||Reston, VA||Nov 01, 2012||$112,000|
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||Meridium, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 15, 2016||$111,657|
|SR. Customer Support Engineer||RGB Networks||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$111,509|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Alstom Grid Inc.||Round Rock, TX||Dec 17, 2012||$95,000 -
|Senior Advance Customer Support Engineer||Saba Software, Inc.||CA||Aug 21, 2010||$92,872|
|Senior Advance Customer Support Engineer||Saba Software, Inc.||CA||Aug 09, 2010||$90,896|
|SR Customer Support Equipment Engineer||Cymer LLC||San Diego, CA||Nov 10, 2016||$88,982 -
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||AMAX Global Services Inc.||Fremont, CA||Feb 27, 2015||$87,402|
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Inquira, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Mar 29, 2010||$86,757 -
|Senior Customer Support Engineer||Schneider Electric Software LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 23, 2016||$82,618 -
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