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Network Computer Systems Administrators

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization's computer 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist

 

Summary

When you use your company's intranet or local computer network, you're enjoying the work of a network and computer systems administrator. These administrators ensure that email and data storage networks work properly, and keep employee workstations connected to the central computer network. They also set up and maintain an organization's computer servers and participate in decisions about hardware or software upgrades to the computer network. Some network and computer systems administrators also manage telecommunication networks so employees can work from home or on the road.

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine what the organization needs in a network and computer system before it is set 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 to evaluate the network’s or system’s performance and help make the system work better and faster
  • Train users on the proper use of hardware and software when necessary
  • Solve problems quickly when a user or an automated monitoring system lets them know about a problem

 

Educational Requirements

Network and computer systems administrator jobs often require a bachelor's degree—typically in computer or information science, although sometimes a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering is acceptable. Coursework in computer programming, networking, or systems design will be helpful. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master's degree, while others are willing to accept an associate's degree or professional certification along with related work experience.

Completing certification programs and otherwise keeping up with new technologies is also important. "It's imperative to stay current with technology trends and changes by reading blogs, technology magazines, and attending conferences," says Simran Sandhu, manager of network infrastructure at Adobe. "It's also important to study and learn the basics of network technology and acquire an acute understanding of how information flows. Be able to identify key services such as DNS, DHCP, and firewalls, and define the roles they play in a network infrastructure."

 

Salary Information 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following information corresponds to the salaries of Network Computer Systems Administrators in 2018. The bottom 10% of earners made less than $50,990, median salary was $82,050, and the top 10% of earners made more than $130,720.

 

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Information retrieved from U.S. News Money: Computer Systems Administrator, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Network and Computer Systems Administrators and O*NET Online: Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

 

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