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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 Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix27.2%
Community College of the Air Force8.6%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
Michigan State University4.1%
Robert Morris University3.7%
Central Michigan University3.3%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro2.9%
University of Cincinnati2.9%
University of Louisville2.9%
University of Houston2.9%
University of Maryland - University College2.9%
University of Delaware2.9%
Southern New Hampshire University2.9%
Colorado Technical University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||Jul 19, 2015||$111,355|
|Senior Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||Jul 19, 2012||$102,940|
|Senior Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||Apr 11, 2011||$100,000|
|Technology Systems Coordinator||American Council On Education||Washington, DC||May 12, 2010||$95,000|
|Physician Systems Coordinator||Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida||Miami Beach, FL||Mar 12, 2015||$92,435|
|.Netits Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||May 05, 2014||$90,000|
|Senior Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||May 20, 2015||$89,000|
|Systems Coordinator||Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership||Grand Rapids, MI||Feb 14, 2011||$85,800|
|Computer Systems Coordinator||Bleum USA Incorporated||Brisbane, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$85,000|
|Staff Factory Systems Coordinator||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 09, 2011||$83,000 -
|Staff Factory Systems Coordinator||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Jun 27, 2011||$83,000 -
|Computer Systems Coordinator||Bleum USA Incorporated||Celebration, FL||Sep 14, 2013||$78,000|
|Computer Systems Change Control Coordinator||Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.||Spring Valley, NY||Dec 05, 2011||$77,000 -
|Systems Coordinator (IT, I&C)||Nisseki Chemical Texas Inc.||Pasadena, TX||Nov 12, 2010||$75,171|
|Systems Coordinator||Imagineering, Inc.||Elk Grove Village, IL||Aug 23, 2011||$75,132 -
|Computer Systems Coordinator||Bleum USA Incorporated||Brisbane, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$75,000|
|U.S. CMS Tier-3 Research Computing Systems Coordinator||Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska||Batavia, IL||Feb 01, 2015||$73,851|
|U.S. CMS Tier-3 Research Computing Systems Coordinator||Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska||Batavia, IL||Jan 02, 2015||$73,851|
|Business Systems Coordinator||Belstarr International Corp.||NY||Oct 01, 2011||$59,813|
|Engineering Systems Coordinator||Thomas & Betts Corporation||Memphis, TN||Sep 05, 2014||$59,000|
|Engineering Systems Coordinator||Thomas & Betts Corporation||Memphis, TN||Sep 10, 2013||$59,000|
|Computer Systems Coordinator||Bleum USA, LLC||Colorado Springs, CO||Sep 15, 2010||$57,500|
|Systems Coordinator SR||Banner Health||Phoenix, AZ||Jun 01, 2015||$57,366 -
|Factory Systems Coordinator 1||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$57,034 -
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