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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|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Jul 10, 2015||$135,000|
|Sharepoint Farm Administrator||Open Systems, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Nov 30, 2016||$125,220|
|Senior Sharepoint Administrator||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 16, 2015||$125,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Unique Comp, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 18, 2016||$125,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Irvine, CA||May 31, 2016||$120,003|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||May 31, 2016||$120,003|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Trigyn Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2016||$115,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||The Nature Conservancy||Durham, NC||Jun 01, 2016||$114,691|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Net2Source, Inc.||Trevose, PA||Jun 18, 2015||$112,489|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Net2Source, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jun 25, 2015||$112,489|
|SR. Sharepoint Administrator||Experis Us, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Dec 01, 2016||$112,176|
|Sharepoint Administrator||International Software Systems Inc.||Greenbelt, MD||May 27, 2015||$110,094|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Unique Comp, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 23, 2016||$110,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Select Source International||Minneapolis, MN||Mar 27, 2016||$93,496|
|SR. Sharepoint Administrator||Experis Us, Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||Jan 28, 2016||$92,371 -
|Senior Sharepoint Administrator||CYMA Systems Inc.||Manchester, CT||Jun 29, 2016||$92,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Com. On Med. Care DBA Partnership Healthplan of Ca||Fairfield, CA||Mar 05, 2015||$92,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Ezenius, Inc.||Catonsville, MD||May 01, 2016||$91,874|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Deluxe Corporation||Shoreview, MN||Sep 05, 2016||$91,541 -
|Sharepoint Administrator Developer||Spartan Solutions Inc.||Martinsburg, WV||Oct 01, 2015||$90,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator Developer||Spartan Solutions Inc.||Martinsburg, WV||Jan 10, 2016||$90,000|
|Senior Sharepoint Administrator||Intone Networks Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 24, 2015||$75,000|
|Sharepoint Support/Admin||Pyramid Consulting, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Oct 02, 2015||$75,000|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Kairos Technologies, Inc.||Irving, TX||Jul 15, 2015||$75,000|
|Systems Analyst/Sharepoint Administrator||Blossom Solutions, Inc.||Ellicott City, MD||Jun 10, 2015||$73,100|
|Sharepoint Administrator||Crowd Software Consulting LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 22, 2016||$72,400 -
|Sharepoint Administrator||Asahi Kasei Plastics Na||Fowlerville, MI||Jun 26, 2015||$72,000|
|Sharepoint Admin/Developer||Ventois, Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Jan 10, 2016||$72,000|
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