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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. Network Administrator||Vendini, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Network Administrator||Meritel Group, LLC||Southfield, MI||Feb 09, 2013||$141,916|
|SR. Network Administrator||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Pennington, NJ||Dec 22, 2014||$133,568|
|SR. Network Administrator||HCL Global Systems Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$133,568|
|SR. Network Administrator||Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 16, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Telecommunication Network Administrator||Data, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||Sep 13, 2015||$130,000 -
|SR. Network Administrator||Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I||Colorado Springs, CO||Aug 20, 2015||$128,000|
|Senior Network Administrator||Stratogent Corporation||San Mateo, CA||Jul 19, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Network Administrator||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||May 27, 2016||$118,000|
|SR. Network Administrator||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Feb 16, 2016||$116,000|
|SR. Database and Network Administrator||SRA OSS, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 22, 2015||$114,941|
|SR. Database and Network Administrator||SRA OSS, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jun 13, 2016||$114,941|
|SR. Network Administrator||Externetworks Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 18, 2015||$114,912|
|Senior Network Administrator||Stratogent Corporation||San Mateo, CA||May 11, 2015||$113,963|
|Senior Network Administrator||Virtue Group, LLC.||Alpharetta, GA||Mar 24, 2016||$98,000|
|Senior Network Administrator||HCL America, Inc.||Plano, TX||May 14, 2014||$96,803 -
|Senior Network Administrator||HCL America Inc.||Frisco, TX||Nov 17, 2014||$96,803|
|Senior Systems/Network Administrator||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jul 02, 2015||$96,803|
|Senior Network Administrator||Mastech Alliance, Inc., A Mastech Holdings Company||College Park, MD||Oct 27, 2015||$96,085|
|Senior Systems/Network Engineer/Administrator||Blossom Solutions, Inc.||Ellicott City, MD||Nov 14, 2015||$96,000|
|Senior Network Administrator||Gas Express LLC||Atlanta, GA||Aug 02, 2016||$95,846|
|SR. Network Administrator||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 14, 2013||$95,167|
|Senior Network Administrator||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||Sep 19, 2016||$85,400|
|Senior Network Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Wayne, PA||Jul 25, 2016||$85,000|
|SR. Network Administrator||Litepoint Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 24, 2013||$85,000|
|SR. Network Administrator||Litepoint Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 11, 2015||$85,000|
|Senior Network Administrators||HCL America Inc.||Redmond, WA||Nov 19, 2015||$84,302|
|Senior Network Administrator||Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company||Moon, PA||Oct 16, 2015||$83,450|
|Senior Network Administrator||Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2014||$83,000|
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