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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|
|Principal Retail Systems and Technology||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 02, 2013||$210,000|
|Head of Business Systems, Global IT||Archway Partnerships, Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Feb 22, 2016||$195,021|
|Head of Business Systems, Global IT||Archway Partnerships, Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Dec 09, 2016||$195,021|
|Head of Systems USA & Emerging Markets, Global IT||Archway Partnerships, Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Dec 09, 2016||$160,181|
|Egress Systems Technician||Task Aerospace, Inc.||WA||Oct 01, 2014||$156,525|
|Head of Systems USA & Emerging Markets, Global IT||Archway Partnerships, Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Aug 16, 2014||$149,053|
|Director Systems Technology .09)||Sittercity Incorporated||Chicago, IL||Sep 07, 2015||$130,000|
|Employee Systems Technology Lead||Apple, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 10, 2013||$130,000 -
|Systems Associate, IT GDS||Celgene Corporation||Summit, NJ||Jan 11, 2016||$125,578|
|Systems Associate, IT GDS||Celgene Corporation||Summit, NJ||Jan 11, 2016||$125,568|
|Systems Associate, Global IT Manufacturing and Supply Chain||Celgene Corporation||Summit, NJ||May 12, 2016||$125,000|
|Technical Systems Anlayst||Ciber, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Feb 26, 2015||$124,000|
|Manufacturing Execution System Technical Designer||Flexware Innovation, Inc.||Fishers, IN||Feb 09, 2016||$104,350|
|Analyst Business Systems IT||Honeywell International Inc.||Morris Plains, NJ||Nov 30, 2015||$97,650|
|Principal Systems Technicians||Worleyparsons Group, Inc.||TX||Nov 05, 2011||$91,749|
|Systems Technologist||Sun Microsystems, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Apr 07, 2010||$90,000|
|Collaborative Technology Systems Professional||Educational Testing Service||Princeton, NJ||Jan 17, 2011||$90,000 -
|Systems and Technology Group Forecast Coordinator||IBM Corporation||Somers, NY||Feb 07, 2015||$89,520 -
|Systems and Technology Group Forecast Coordinator||IBM Corporation||Somers, NY||Dec 20, 2014||$89,520 -
|Systems Technical Lead||Sun Technologies, Inc.||Fort Wayne, IN||Jul 16, 2015||$87,200|
|Worldwide Systems and Technology Group Analyst||IBM Corporation||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2014||$81,376 -
|System Soft Technologies LLC||System Soft Technologies LLC||Lakeland, FL||Aug 29, 2014||$80,000 -
|System Technologist||Motorola, Inc.||Westminster, CO||Jun 16, 2010||$79,602 -
|E Systems Technology||E Systems Technology||Mountain View, CA||Dec 10, 2010||$78,471|
|System Technologist||Artech Information Systems LLC||New York, NY||May 21, 2015||$76,960|
|Engineer, Systems Technology Department||Becton, Dickinson and Company||San Jose, CA||Aug 14, 2014||$76,419|
|Systems/Technical Support||Vedicsoft||Austin, TX||Oct 16, 2012||$73,403|
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