Network and Computer Systems Administrator at a Glance

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Best States for Network and Computer Systems Administrator

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in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Virginia 20,000 $87,880 $42
District of Columbia 3,210 $88,470 $43
Vermont 1,340 $68,580 $33

Becoming a Network and Computer Systems Administrator

To qualify for network and computer systems administration jobs you typically need a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, electrical engineering, or a related field. These programs should feature study in systems design, networking, information technology, and computer programming. However, the requirements may vary by employer. Some companies hire candidates who have an associate degree or professional certification along with work experience. Other employers require that an administrator get a master's degree while they're employed with the company. Network administrators may be required to complete continuing education courses that keep them up-to-date on the latest developments in technology. These courses, often paid for by their employer, have the added benefit of keeping the administrator's skills current competitive. To excel in network and computer systems administration careers, administrators must have strong analytical, computer, multi-tasking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Introduction to Network Management
  • Information Technology Architectures
  • Fundamentals of Database Systems
  • Unix Fundamentals
Network and computer system administration certification isn't required by some employers but it can give a candidate a competitive advantage in the job market. These certificate programs, which are offered by companies such as Microsoft and Cisco, show that an administrator has a proficiency in a certain type of technology. Some employers may require their network administrators to get a master's degree in information technology, or a related field, while they're employed. However, these requirements will vary by employer.