What do Network Administrators do?
Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of their networks. They organize, install and support an organization’s computer systems. This includes local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets and other data communication systems. Administrators manage an organization’s servers, desktops, and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and that they stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.
Training & Educational Opportunities
To gain employment as a network administrator, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is preferred but other degrees are accepted depending on field experience and previous work.
Some employers may prefer applicants with various combinations of certifications from industry-recognized sources, such as CompTIA and Microsoft. There are many pathways to certifications through each entity to demonstrate proficiency and expertise in the field.
Specialized Skills / Certifications
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional
- Cisco Certified Network Administrator
- Cisco Certified Network Professional
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional
- Cisco Certified Security Professional
- Voice Over Internet Protocol
- Able Career Institute at National Able Network
- College of DuPage
- Directions Training Center, Inc.
- Harper College
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Joliet Junior College
- MicroTrain Technologies
Need Help Paying for These Skills or Certifications?
A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.
Types of Employers
- Consulting firms
- Technology companies
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Computer Hardware Engineer
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Programmer