Job Role: 

Network and Systems Administrators are the information technology experts responsible for the efficient use of networks and operating systems by organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and adjusting performance of existing networks.
  • Making recommendations for enhancements and implementation of current and future servers and networks.
  • Involvment in design, testing and evaluation of network systems, LANs or WANs, Internet, intranet and other data  communications systems.
  • Managing client-server applications.

Excellent interpersonal communication skills required for troubleshooting problems and effectively interacting with clients.

Recommended Education:

  • Practical experience; ability to demonstrate fundamental computer skills
  • Technical certifications
  • Computer-related Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree

 

What to Expect:

 

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2008-09, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Computer networks have become an integral part of business, and demand for these workers will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies. The wide use of electronic commerce and the increasing adoption of mobile technologies mean that more establishments will use the Internet to conduct business online. This growth translates into a need for systems administrators who can help organizations use technology to communicate with employees, clients, and consumers.

As technology continues to improve and change, network and systems administrators must strive to acquire new skills. Certification can play a key role to continued success in this field.

Network and systems administrator careers are available in various industries such as government, wholesale and retail, manufacturing, data processing, finance, insurance and other information industries.

Employment Opportunities:

•  Systems Administrator
•  Network Administrator
•  Network Engineer