Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets and other data communication systems.
Their job duties often include a variety of assignments:
• Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs
• Install network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
• Maintain network and computer system security
• Collect data to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
• Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
• Train users in new hardware and software
• Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them one exists
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing as fast as average (8 percent projected growth)*
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