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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|
|Senior MTS, Storage Engineer||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 04, 2015||$210,000|
|Senior MTS, Storage Engineer||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$210,000|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Dec 18, 2015||$155,000|
|Senior File System and Storage Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 01, 2016||$155,000|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 12, 2015||$148,803|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$147,325|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 21, 2015||$147,325|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Jun 17, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. Storage Platform Engineer||Logitech Inc.||Newark, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$140,000|
|Senior Engineer, Database and Storage Engineering||Yellowbrick Data, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$135,000|
|SR. Storage Engineer||Jive Software, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 10, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Openwave Messaging, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||May 04, 2015||$134,472 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||Openwave Messaging, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Apr 05, 2015||$134,472 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 09, 2015||$133,515|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Rightside Operating Co||Kirkland, WA||Oct 26, 2015||$118,000|
|Senior Storage Administrator||Avon Products, Inc.||Rye, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$116,600|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Wayfair LLC||Boston, MA||Apr 04, 2016||$112,632 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||Interactive Communications International, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 28, 2015||$112,500|
|SR. Storage Engineer||Cadatasoft LLC||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$112,000|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Informatica Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Jul 23, 2015||$110,365 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||AIG Global Services, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 09, 2015||$110,000|
|SR. Storage Administrator||Synectiks Inc.||FL||Aug 15, 2016||$110,000|
|SR. Storage Engineer||Medassets Net Revenue Systems, LLC||Plano, TX||Aug 14, 2016||$97,698 -
|Senior Storage Administrator||Equifax Information Technology LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Jan 20, 2015||$97,469 -
|Senior Linux and Storage Administrator||Introlligent Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Mar 28, 2016||$97,200|
|Senior Storage Administrator||DFS Corporate Services LLC||Riverwoods, IL||Jul 27, 2015||$96,907 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company||Lexington, MA||Mar 23, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Storage Engineer||Hire It People, LLC||Wayne, NJ||Jan 10, 2016||$93,915 -
|Senior Storage Engineer||Fujitsu America, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jul 16, 2015||$93,787|
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