IT Network or System Administrator

Key Role

IT network or system administrators are tech savvy experts, responsible to ensure the day-to-day efficient use of networks and systems within a company or organization. This position requires an individual to be knowledgeable with cyber-security practices, to protect a business's important information.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $69,000-$71,000 per year
  • Minimum Education - Industry Certifications or Associate's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (government, retail, manufacturing, data processing, and other information industries)

Job-Related Tasks

  • Identify what an organization needs in a network or system and collect data to help make them work better and faster
  • Monitoring and adjusting the performance of existing networks
  • Make recommendations for technology enhancements and implementation of current and future systems and networks
  • Be involved in design, testing and evaluation of network systems, LANs or WANs, Internet, Intranet, and other data communication systems
  • Interact with team members or clients when troubleshooting system or network problems

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills
  • Focus on multiple tasks at a time
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to see and focus on the "big-picture"
  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Able to work as part of a team

Recommended Education

  • Technical certifications
  • Associate's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field (Recommended not required)
  • Practical experience in related field

Career Opportunities

  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Specialist
  • Computer Consultant

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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