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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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University of Phoenix15.6%
Community College of the Air Force10.9%
Wichita State University6.3%
University of Colorado at Boulder6.3%
Pennsylvania State University6.3%
University of Maryland - University College4.7%
East Carolina University4.7%
Michigan State University4.7%
More Tech Institute4.7%
University of Texas at Arlington3.1%
Framingham State University3.1%
University of Houston3.1%
Central Connecticut State University3.1%
University of Washington3.1%
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona3.1%
Arkansas State University3.1%
Southern Methodist University3.1%
Sinclair Community College3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Voice Engineer||Barclays Capital Services Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 08, 2013||$134,250 -
|Network Voice Engineer||CDW Technologies, Inc.||Herndon, VA||May 12, 2011||$120,000|
|Ccie Voice Engineer||Data Processing Sciences Corp.||Cincinnati, OH||Oct 01, 2013||$120,000 -
|Cisco Voice Engineer||Staples, Inc.||Framingham, MA||May 13, 2011||$116,781|
|Ccie Voice Engineer||Data Processing Sciences Corp.||Cincinnati, OH||Oct 01, 2010||$110,000 -
|Voice Engineer||LKQ Corporation||Nashville, TN||Jun 18, 2016||$105,000|
|Voice Engineer||Optech, LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Oct 18, 2013||$93,915|
|Voice Engineer||Optech, LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Oct 19, 2013||$93,915|
|Network Voice Over IP Engineer||Dimension Data North America||Auburn, WA||Aug 22, 2016||$90,272 -
|Cisco Voice Engineer||Resource Logistics, Inc.||Bristol, CT||Oct 31, 2016||$90,000|
|Wireless Voice Over Internet Protocol Engineer||NTT Multimedia Communications Laboratories, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 15, 2010||$87,647|
|Voice Engineer, TIS||Spectrum Health System||Kentwood, MI||Jul 19, 2010||$86,549|
|Voice Engineer||LKQ Corporation||Nashville, TN||Jun 17, 2013||$85,000|
|Voice Engineer||LKQ Corporation||Nashville, TN||Nov 12, 2014||$85,000|
|Network Voice Engineer||Berbee Information Networks Corporation||Brooklyn Park, MN||Dec 11, 2009||$83,250|
|Voice Engineer||Bailey Computing Technologies, Inc.||Johnson City, TN||Jan 17, 2011||$75,000|
|Voice Engineer||Bailey Computing Technologies, Inc.||Johnson City, TN||Dec 30, 2010||$75,000|
|Voice CPE Engineer||Megapath Corporation||Seattle, WA||Oct 01, 2012||$72,000|
|Voice Engineer||IBM India Private Limited||San Ramon, CA||Dec 01, 2011||$68,578|
|Cisco Voice Engineer||Spinsci Technologies, LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 09, 2013||$68,162 -
|Voice Engineer||Tvisha Technologies Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 27, 2016||$68,000|
|Voice Engineer||Tvisha Technologies Inc.||Edison, NJ||Aug 24, 2016||$68,000|
|Voice Engineer||Tvisha Technologies Inc.||Morristown, NJ||Aug 24, 2016||$68,000|
|Voice Engineer||First National Bank of Omaha||Omaha, NE||Mar 30, 2015||$66,000|
|Voice Engineer||First National Bank of Omaha||Omaha, NE||Dec 15, 2012||$66,000|
|Uc/Voice Engineer||Kairos Technologies, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 23, 2016||$65,042|
|Network-Voice Engineer||Broadsoft, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$65,042|
|Ccna Voice Engineer||Jupiter Software Solutions Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 16, 2014||$65,000|
|Ccna Voice Engineer||Jupiter Software Solutions Inc.||Frisco, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$65,000|
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