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What Does a Network and Computer Systems Administrator Do?

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.

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Demand for network systems administrators is growing as organizations invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks. (Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)
Duties + 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
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 for This Position 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


Computer Information Systems, A.S.

Fullerton College
Fullerton (0.0 Miles)

Network Administration Concentration, Information Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown (0.0 Miles)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate - Windows Server 2018

Delaware County Community College
Media (0.0 Miles)

Information Systems and Technology Certificate of Completion

Clovis Community College (NM)
Clovis (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology TD

South Louisiana Community College
Lafayette (0.0 Miles)

Microsoft Network Administrator Certificate

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
Bowling Green (0.0 Miles)

CIT, Advanced Information Technology Cyber Security Specialty Occupational Certificate

San Jacinto College District
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Network Administrator, A.A.S.

San Antonio College
San Antonio (0.0 Miles)

Network Security Cybersecurity College Credit Certificate

Gulf Coast State College
Panama City (0.0 Miles)

Cisco Network Professional Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)
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Red Hat Linux Engineer Certificate

Mesa Community College
Mesa (0.0 Miles)

Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Edison Community College
Piqua (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador Edwin Gonzalez
Edwin Gonzalez, Network and Computer systems administrator
Meet Ambassador Edwin Gonzalez

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.

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