Systems administrators create, maintain and repair computer systems and networks for a company. They are responsible for keeping an organization’s network infrastructure operational and operating at peak performance. They need to be able to solve network issues quickly and effectively and stay calm in a network crisis. As the world becomes more digital, Network and Computer Administrators will be more crucial in keeping the digital world running seamlessly.

On average, a Network and Computer Systems Administrator makes between $44,330 and $115,180 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for Network and Computer Systems Administrator is approximately $45,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine organization needs for network and computer systems
  • Install, maintain and upgrade network hardware and software as necessary
  • Ensure network and computer system security
  • Evaluate system performance and optimize systems for peak performance
  • Add and manage users on network and estimable network security permissions
  • Train users to properly use hardware and software
  • Resolve issues for users and maintain automated alert systems

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Multitasking
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Troubleshooting

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Most employers only require a Network and Computer Systems administrator to have a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, Information Science or another related field. However, a degree in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering as these degrees usually include computer programming, networking or system design. Networking is an ever-changing field and Systems Administrators will have to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies throughout their career. Depending on the business and the complexity of the systems, they may require a candidate to earn a Master’s Degree, if not initially, they may ask that one earns it down the road.

Certifications for specific hardware and software that can give a job seeker a competitive advantage over those without those certifications. Certifications are great because they go beyond simply listing a skill on a Resume, they prove one’s ability to an employer and proves a candidate really has the chops.

Getting Started:
To get started as a Network and Computer Systems administrator, one should gain real-world expereince  with an internship while in school. Employers are much more likely to hire former interns than an outside candidate.

Future Outlook: 
Demand for Network and Computer Systems Administrators is expected to grow 12%, which is the average for all careers. The demand for information technology workers is extremely high as more business use technology  to replace traditional solutions. Cloud computing may slow the demand for System Administrators in some fields as more companies have their infrastructure in the loud and administered by third-party vendors. However, companies that provide cloud computing services will have a greater demand for systems administrators.

Companies That Employ Network and Computer Systems Administrator:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Information Companies
  • Computer System Design Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Government (Local, State and Federal)
  • Private Business

Traits of A Good Network and Computer Systems Administrator:

  • Patience
  • Problem Solver
  • Open Minded
  • Friendly
  • Always willing to Learn
  • Calm under pressure

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About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.