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|
|Websphere Process Server Engineer||Trigyn Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 08, 2013||$208,700|
|Director of Server Engineering||Samsung Pay, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$194,800|
|Princ. Serv. Engr., Network Arch.-GFS-Networking & Shared Serv. or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 06, 2014||$166,000 -
|Lead Server Engineer||Kabam, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 01, 2014||$160,000|
|Principal Server Engineer||Skillz Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 18, 2016||$160,000|
|Backend Server Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 12, 2014||$160,000 -
|Head of Server Engineering and Operations||Promontory Financial Group, LLC||Washington, DC||Feb 11, 2015||$155,000|
|Server Engineer||Adi Worldlink, LLC||Mountain View, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$145,000 -
|Director of Server Engineering||Looppay, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jun 01, 2015||$145,000|
|Ad Server Engineer (Software Engineer)||Admobius, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Feb 15, 2012||$140,000|
|Server Engineer||Scientific Revenue||Redwood City, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$140,000|
|Lead Server Engineer||Legend Gaming, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$139,000|
|Database Server Engineer||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$138,362|
|Server Side Engineer||Doubleverify Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$137,000|
|Software Programmer-Server Engineering Team||Minerva Networks, Inc.||CA||Nov 16, 2016||$119,350|
|Server Engineer||Fujitsu America, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 11, 2015||$115,253|
|Server Engineer||Icontrol Networks, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 18, 2013||$115,000|
|Icloud Server Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$115,000|
|Server Engineer||Itson Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$110,000 -
|Java Server Engineer||Rockmelt, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 14, 2013||$110,000 -
|Server Engineer||Crunchyroll, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 12, 2014||$110,000|
|Associate-Server Engineer||Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Sep 03, 2016||$97,901|
|Client Server Engineer IV||BB&T Corporation||Raleigh, NC||Sep 12, 2013||$95,290|
|Server Engineer||Motif Investing Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$95,000 -
|Software Server Engineer||Nim LLC||Menlo Park, CA||Oct 21, 2016||$95,000 -
|Server Engineer||Marketo, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 02, 2012||$95,000|
|Server Engineer||Marketo, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 02, 2012||$95,000|
|Server Engineer||Scientific Revenue||Redwood City, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$94,162|
|Software Engineer-Server Engineering Team||Minerva Networks, Inc.||CA||Oct 10, 2013||$94,000|
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