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Working As A Windows Network Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $95,983

    Average Salary

What Does A Windows Network Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Windows Network Administrator

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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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.0%

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Windows Network Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

10.7%

Unknown

7.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Vietnamese

12.5%

German

12.5%

French

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%

Italian

12.5%
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Windows Network Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Saint Cloud State University

7.1%

Austin Community College

7.1%

Central Michigan University

7.1%

Strayer University

7.1%

The Academy

7.1%

National American University - Rapid City

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Technical Career Institutes

3.6%

Hagerstown Community College

3.6%

State University of New York College at Old Westbury

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

California State University - Fullerton

3.6%

Lewis-Clark State College

3.6%

University of Notre Dame

3.6%

Athens State University

3.6%

University of North Alabama

3.6%

DPT Business School

3.6%

Bay State College - Boston

3.6%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.7%

Business

12.5%

Computer Information Systems

11.5%

Computer Networking

9.4%

Information Technology

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Management

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Economics

4.2%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Programming

3.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Biology

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Military Applied Sciences

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Other

22.7%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

10.9%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Top Skills for A Windows Network Administrator

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Installation Service
  3. Computer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported end users running Windows XPWin7Win8MacOS.
  • Make recommendations for appropriate solutions to personal computer needs.
  • Created and implemented Active Directory disaster recovery and backup procedures per customers' needs.
  • Installed, upgraded, Windows XP desktop clients to Windows 7 Professional, plus utilizing MS SCCM 2012.
  • Created groups and new NT Remote Access accounts for new customers.

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