What does a Network Administrator do?
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A network computer administrator maintain, install, and organize the networks local area networks (LAN’s), wide area networks (WAN’s) and intranets. In addition they also support an organizations computer systems and other data communication systems.
Network administrators work full time and often must work overtime. They manage and work with information technology (IT) workers such as computer network architects and computer and information systems managers, and non-IT staff.
How to Become a Network Administrator
Some employer’s require postsecondary certificates, but most organizations want a bachelor’s degree in information science, computer science, or related field. A degree in computer or electrical engineering is usually accepted as well.
Some employers ask for a master’s degree. Considerable experience is expected and some gain practical experience at their college through internships and on-the-job training opportunities. It is important to remain current in this occupation because it is advancing rapidly, therefore it is suggested that one take courses during his or her career to remain competitive.
Job Description of a Network Administrator
A network administrator oversees an organization’s mobile, server, and desktop equipment. They decide on the organization’s computer and network systems needs and install the hardware and software. If any repairs or upgrades are needed to any system, they are able to do it. They are expected to see that data storage networks and emails are operating efficiently and remain protected against virus’ as well as the employee’s workstation. They make sure they are always connected to the central computer network. Telecommunications networks are sometimes managed by administrators.
He or she collects data and troubleshoots to find out if the systems or networks performance is working fast enough or if it can be made better. They are required to train others on the correct use of software and hardware. They are capable of solving a problem when it exists and perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
A network computer systems administrator needs the knowledge of mathematics, computers and electronics, administration and management and the english language. They need skills, such as, critical thinking, reading comprehension, complex problem solving and systems evaluation, just to name a few.