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|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Teksystems, Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||Dec 30, 2016||$176,800|
|MTS 2, Unix Systems Administrator||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$158,000|
|MTS 1, Unix Systems Admin||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 11, 2016||$150,000|
|Mts1, Unix System Admin||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 12, 2016||$148,847|
|MTS 1, Unix Systems Administrator||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 04, 2015||$147,833|
|Unix System Administrator Staff||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 12, 2015||$139,400 -
|MTS 1, Unix Systems Administrator||Stubhub||San Francisco, CA||Apr 02, 2016||$134,472|
|Unix Systems Admin 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$134,000|
|Unix Systems Admin 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 04, 2015||$125,000|
|Unix/Linux Architect-System & Storage Administrato||OSI Consulting, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$125,000|
|Unix System Administrator Senior||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jul 29, 2015||$123,000|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Marlborough, MA||May 22, 2015||$121,680|
|Unix System Administrator||The Gymboree Corporation||San Francisco, CA||May 11, 2015||$118,000|
|Unix Systems Admin 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 19, 2016||$117,645 -
|Unix Systems Administrator||Open Systems Technologies Inc.||Urbana, MD||Sep 18, 2015||$90,000|
|Unix Systems Admin, SR. I||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 17, 2016||$90,000 -
|Unix Systems Admin, SR. I||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$90,000 -
|Unix Systems Administrator||Technosoft Corporation||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 19, 2015||$87,000|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Synopsys, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$86,855 -
|Unix Systems Administrator||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$86,855 -
|Unix Systems Administrator III||Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.||Newport News, VA||May 18, 2015||$85,500 -
|Unix Systems Administrator||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$85,359 -
|Unix Systems Administrator||Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC.||Irving, TX||Dec 29, 2016||$73,200|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC.||Irving, TX||Mar 25, 2016||$72,400|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Shivam Infotech, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||May 26, 2016||$72,000|
|Unix System Administrator||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$72,000|
|HP Unix/System Administrator||Imetris Corporation||Saline, MI||Aug 12, 2015||$71,739|
|Unix Systems Administrator||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 01, 2015||$71,418 -
|Unix System Administrator||Infosoft, Inc.||Chattanooga, TN||Oct 14, 2015||$71,094|
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