Computer networks are critical to business. Network systems administrators 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.
- 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
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.
- 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