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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|
|Lead Systems Support Engineer||New York University Hospitals Center||New York, NY||Feb 08, 2016||$139,050|
|Risk Systems Support Engineer||Mizuho Securities USA Inc.||Hoboken, NJ||Nov 06, 2016||$130,000|
|Systems Operations and Support Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 10, 2014||$125,000 -
|Systems Operations and Support Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 19, 2014||$120,000 -
|Specialist System Support Engineer||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 05, 2012||$115,669 -
|Content System Support Engineer||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Brisbane, CA||Jan 06, 2013||$112,200|
|Field Systems Support Engineer||Radisys Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Sep 01, 2016||$110,000|
|Field Systems Support Engineer||Radisys Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Jan 09, 2016||$110,000|
|Risk Systems Support Engineer||Mizuho Securities USA Inc.||Hoboken, NJ||Jun 11, 2013||$110,000|
|Systems Support Engineer||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||Rockville, MD||Jul 22, 2013||$105,000|
|Systems Support Engineer, Staff||Omnitracs, LLC||San Diego, CA||Dec 07, 2014||$103,459 -
|Systems Support Engineer||Cybersource Corporation||Highlands Ranch, CO||May 20, 2016||$103,251 -
|Systems Support Engineer||Cambium Networks Ltd.||Rolling Meadows, IL||Sep 01, 2014||$100,000|
|Systems Support Engineer||Cambium Networks Inc.||Rolling Meadows, IL||Sep 01, 2014||$100,000|
|Airborne Systems Support Engineer||Leica Geosystems, Inc.||Englewood, CO||Aug 01, 2015||$84,730|
|Airborne Systems Support Engineer||Leica Geosystems, Inc.||Englewood, CO||Aug 01, 2012||$84,730|
|Systems Support Engineer||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2014||$84,500|
|Systems Support Engineer||Aviat U.S., Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$84,410 -
|Systems Support Engineer||Ecomicron, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 01, 2011||$84,000|
|Systems Support Engineer||Samsara Networks||San Francisco, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$82,000|
|Systems Support Engineer||Ecomicron, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 15, 2013||$72,690|
|Systems Support Engineer Amts||IPC Systems, Inc.||Hillsborough, NJ||Aug 25, 2015||$72,000|
|Systems Support Engineer||Global Bridge Infotech Inc., .||Coppell, TX||Oct 23, 2014||$72,000|
|Systems Support Engineer-Amts||IPC Systems, Inc.||Hillsborough, NJ||Feb 01, 2012||$72,000|
|System Support Engineer||Caltrol, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Nov 16, 2013||$71,730|
|Laboratory Information System Support Engineer||Unicon Pharma Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jun 16, 2015||$71,000|
|DAX Systems/Support Engineer||Netrocon Systems LLC||Watsonville, CA||Jan 03, 2016||$70,000|
|Industrial Systems Support Engineer||Ecomicron, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 26, 2012||$68,598|
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