Network administrators manage a company’s LAN and WAN networks. They may be responsible for design, implementation, and maintenance of networks. Responsibilities usually include maintenance of both hardware and software related to a company’s intranet and Internet networks. Network administrators are typically responsible for diagnosing and repairing problems with these networks. Some network administrators are responsible for planning and implementations of network security as well.
Employers typically look for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and practical networking experience. Experience with network security and maintenance is preferred. Technical certification may also be helpful in obtaining this position. Because network administrators are involved directly with people in many departments, good communication skills are essential.
Network administrators can expect to earn an annual salary of $50,000 to $65,000. Opportunities for advancement typically include upper management positions. This position is expected to be among the fastest growing jobs in the near future.More careers