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Become A Senior Network Administrator

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Working As A Senior Network Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Network Administrator Do

Senior Network Administrators provide system and network solutions for their organizations. They supervise the functioning of networking equipment and follow strict maintenance standards.

How To Become A Senior Network Administrator

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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Real Senior Network Administrator Salaries

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 -
$190,000
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 -
$116,000
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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Top Skills for A Senior Network Administrator

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Top Senior Network Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support Windows Server 2003 active directory environment.
  • Analyzed and resolved network hardware, software, and communications problems using diagnostic software and/or technical troubleshooting processes.
  • Design migration plan to virtualize an aging windows environment and optimize Active Directory Parish International Company.
  • Configured and maintained corporate backups using Symantec Backup Exec 2010.
  • Provided support for servers and Mac clients via Remote Access.

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