Where do you want to work?
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|
|Senior Virtual Reality Engineer||Unity Technologies||Bellevue, WA||Nov 15, 2016||$160,000|
|Network Virtualization Engineer||Nexius Insight Inc.||Redmond, WA||Sep 15, 2016||$150,000|
|File Systems & Virtualization Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 10, 2015||$145,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Sep 05, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Virtual Reality Engineer||Unity Technologies||Bellevue, WA||Nov 15, 2016||$138,965 -
|Server Virtualization Engineer||Axcient, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 13, 2012||$135,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||May 16, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$135,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||Nexius Insight, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Nov 10, 2014||$130,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||Nexius Insight, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Sep 30, 2015||$130,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||Nexius Insight, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Jun 19, 2015||$130,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||AIG Technologies, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 21, 2016||$128,900|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||Guidewire Software, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$125,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||AIG Technologies, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Oct 24, 2016||$122,000|
|Windows Virtualization Engineer||Autodesk, Inc.||San Rafael, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||RBS Securities Inc.||Taylorsville, UT||Dec 20, 2010||$110,000|
|Powertrain Virtual Analysis NVH Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Apr 18, 2016||$108,000|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||Comscore, Inc.||Reston, VA||Aug 31, 2015||$105,000|
|CAE Durability, Virtual Analysis Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Jul 10, 2016||$104,520|
|CAE Durability, Virtual Analysis Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Apr 25, 2016||$104,520|
|Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Dec 15, 2016||$102,000|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||Accel International, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 03, 2016||$99,000|
|Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer||Chrysler Group LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||May 29, 2012||$90,000|
|Network Virtualization Engineer||Nicira, Inc.||Broomfield, CO||Jan 08, 2016||$90,000|
|Virtualization Engineer||PTC Inc.||Needham, MA||Feb 25, 2014||$90,000|
|Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer||Chrysler Group LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||May 28, 2015||$90,000|
|Network Virtualization Engineer||Nexius Insight Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 08, 2016||$90,000 -
|Powertrain Virtual Analysis Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Sep 28, 2015||$85,044|
|SR. Virtualization Engineer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||May 30, 2016||$85,000|
|Senior Virtualization Engineer||Accel International, Inc.||Irving, TX||Feb 26, 2015||$84,100|
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