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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.
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Hispanic or Latino9.8%
Black or African American1.6%
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University of Phoenix11.2%
Community College of the Air Force8.2%
San Jose State University8.2%
More Tech Institute8.2%
Boise State University5.2%
Texas A&M University5.2%
Florida International University5.2%
George Washington University3.7%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
Arizona State University3.7%
Colorado Technical University3.7%
University of Houston3.7%
Oklahoma State University3.7%
New York University3.0%
Bowling Green State University3.0%
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville3.0%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.0%
Oklahoma City Community College3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Staff Engineer, Database and Storage Engineering||Yellowbrick Data, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 01, 2016||$169,008|
|Staff Engineer, Database and Storage Engineering||Yellowbrick Data, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$169,008|
|Storage Engineer||Mpg Operations LLC||New York, NY||Apr 18, 2016||$160,000|
|Storage Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 10, 2015||$158,612|
|Principal Storage Engineer||Risk Management Solutions, Inc.||Newark, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$155,000|
|Storage Engineer, Principal||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 23, 2015||$148,803 -
|Storage Engineer III||Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.||Westlake, TX||Mar 28, 2016||$142,000 -
|Storage Engineer III||Marsh USA, Inc.||Westlake, TX||May 12, 2016||$142,000 -
|Storage Engineer 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$140,000|
|Storage Engineer||The Gap, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$140,000 -
|Storage Engineer 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 23, 2016||$138,995 -
|Lead Storage Engineer||Thomson Reuters Applications Inc.||Eagan, MN||Feb 26, 2015||$136,635|
|Senior SAN Administrator||Fox Entertainment Group, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$135,013|
|SR. SAN Administrator||Infinite Computer Solutions, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||May 01, 2015||$133,120|
|Lead Storage Engineer||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||Creve Coeur, MO||Dec 17, 2015||$91,972|
|Storage Engineer||Standav Corp. F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Jun 05, 2015||$91,874|
|Storage Engineer||Standav Corp.||Philadelphia, PA||Apr 25, 2016||$91,874|
|Principal Storage Administrator||EMC Corporation||Southborough, MA||May 18, 2015||$91,800 -
|Lead Storage Engineer||Rady Children’S Hospital – San Diego||San Diego, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$91,562|
|Storage Engineer||Standav, Corp F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 26, 2016||$90,831|
|NAS Storage Engineer III||Rackspace Us, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Nov 29, 2015||$90,000|
|Storage Administrator||Synectiks Inc.||Edison, NJ||Nov 15, 2016||$90,000|
|Storage Administrator||Alindus, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$72,301|
|Storage Administrator||Csxtech Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Jun 09, 2016||$72,301|
|Storage Administrator||Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$72,000|
|Datacenter and Storage Engineer/Network Adminstrator||Centraprise, Corp||Southlake, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$72,000|
|NAS Storage Administrator||Centraprise, Corp||Irving, TX||Aug 24, 2015||$72,000|
|System/Storage Engineer||Centraprise, Corp||Glendale, CA||Aug 22, 2015||$72,000|
|Storage Administrator||Centraprise Corp||Thousand Oaks, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$72,000|
|Netapp Storage Admin||Centraprise, Corp||Cedar Rapids, IA||Aug 22, 2015||$72,000|
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