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What Does a Network and Computer Systems Administrator Do?

Computer networks are critical to business. Network systems administrators — also called computer systems administrators or sometimes both —  are the ones who keep those networks healthy and dependable. They are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and intranets. They analyze an organization’s computer needs and install the necessary hardware and software.

The scope of work in a network systems administrator’s daily job will depend on the size of the company. For example, all administrators will manage company servers as well as desktop and mobile equipment, but in a bigger company, an administrator may supervise the person who provides technical support to users.

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$ 49,000 - $ 135,000
$ 85,000
25,180+
A network systems administrator runs diagnostics and maintenance testing
Demand for network systems administrators is growing as organizations invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks. (Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)

A Day In the Life

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Edwin Gonzalez, Network and Computer systems administrator

A Day In the Life

Edwin Gonzalez loves using technology to make an impact. And since the 27-year-old is a network and computer systems administrator in Pennsylvania, he gets a chance to make an impact every day.

He loves discovering new tech and learning from others.

"The fastest way to learn and grow is through the experience of others who are willing to share," says Edwin. 

In fact, he says the real secret to being successful at his job is building strong relationships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Deploy networks and operating systems
  • Fix computer server problems
  • Monitor system performance
  • Install antivirus programs or firewalls
  • Add users to a network with proper security permissions 
  • Deploy upgrades to computer servers to enhance performance
  • Perform data backups
  • Develop strategies for improved network performance

Network Systems Administrator Education + Training

Some employers require an associate degree or certificate, but most look for a bachelor's degree in computer science or information science. Most system network administrators have several years of IT experience, typically in user-facing roles such as help desk analyst or IT specialist.

Continuing education is a must because the technology changes so quickly. Administrators keep up with the latest developments through courses and conferences.

You May Be a Good Fit To Become A Network Systems Administrator If You
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Are excellent at multitasking
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are an innovative problem-solver
  • Have strong analytical skills to evaluate networks and systems

Network and Computer Systems Administrator Training in Your Area

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Information Technology, A.A.S.

Allen Community College
Iola (61.1 Miles)

Computer & Network Support Technician Certificate

Allen Community College
Iola (61.1 Miles)

Cybersecurity Computer Support Certificate

Allen Community College
Iola (61.1 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Computer Support Specialist Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Networking, A.A.S.

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Networking Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Networking-Emphasis in Security Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Networking-Emphasis in Security, A.A.S.

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Computer Support Specialist, A.A.S.

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)

Information & Network Technology, A.A.S.

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan (153.6 Miles)
Oklahoma City Community College logo

Cyber/Information Security, A.A.S.

Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City (156.7 Miles)
Oklahoma City Community College logo

Cyber/Information Security Certificate

Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City (156.7 Miles)