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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|
|Senior Websphere Ecommerce Administrator||The Men's Wearhouse, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jul 02, 2015||$144,800|
|SR. Websphere Application Server Administrator||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 09, 2016||$135,000|
|IBM Websphere Lead||Prosoft Technology Group, Inc.||East Rutherford, NJ||May 19, 2016||$130,000|
|IBM Websphere Lead||Prosoft Technology Group, Inc.||Teaneck, NJ||May 17, 2016||$130,000|
|IBM Websphere Lead||Prosoft Technology Group, Inc.||Teaneck, NJ||Mar 16, 2016||$130,000|
|Websphere Administrator||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||Greenville, SC||Dec 16, 2016||$129,000|
|IBM Websphere Portal Administrator (Systems Administrator)||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 26, 2016||$128,000|
|SR. Websphere Middleware Administrator||Portland General Electric Company||Portland, OR||Feb 05, 2016||$125,000|
|Websphere Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Marlborough, MA||Jun 26, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Websphere Administrator||Sterling Jewelers Inc.||Akron, OH||Feb 26, 2016||$123,100 -
|Websphere Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Frisco, TX||Jul 28, 2015||$122,000|
|Websphere Administrator||Randstad Technologies, LP||Woburn, MA||Jul 15, 2016||$122,000|
|SR. Websphere Administrator||Technology Sciences Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 21, 2016||$120,000|
|Websphere Commerce and Solr Administrator||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Coraopolis, PA||Jun 21, 2016||$120,000 -
|Websphere Administrator||MNCL Inc.||Irving, TX||Jun 17, 2016||$86,195|
|Senior Websphere Administrator||Trizetto Corporation, A Cognizant Company||Englewood, CO||Feb 26, 2016||$86,133 -
|Websphere Administrator||Collaborate Solutions Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Apr 01, 2015||$86,050|
|Websphere Administrator||JVR Systems, Inc.||Trenton, NJ||May 11, 2015||$86,000|
|Websphere Administrator||JVR Systems, Inc.||Trenton, NJ||Jan 02, 2016||$86,000|
|Websphere Administrator II||Headstream, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 22, 2015||$85,093|
|Websphere Administrator II||Headstream, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 04, 2015||$85,093|
|Websphere Administrator||Collaborative Systems, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Mar 02, 2015||$85,000|
|Websphere Admin||Iconix Labs Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Oct 05, 2016||$72,800|
|Websphere Admin||Iconix Labs Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||May 10, 2016||$72,800|
|Websphere Admin||Iconix Labs Inc.||Pleasanton, TX||May 10, 2016||$72,800|
|Websphere Administrator||Server Management Services LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 06, 2016||$72,400 -
|Websphere Administrator||Sayeon LLC||Plano, TX||Aug 06, 2016||$72,400 -
|Websphere Administrator||Sayeon LLC||Plano, TX||May 24, 2016||$72,400 -
|Websphere Administrator||Sayeon LLC||Plano, TX||Oct 28, 2016||$72,400 -
|Websphere Administrator||Valsatech Corp||Rockville, MD||Sep 01, 2015||$72,093|
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