Computer Network Administrators

Computer Network Administrator at Work

Computer network administrators, or network specialists, design, install, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), network segment, or Internet system. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure availability to system users. Administrators also might plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures, including firewalls. Approximately 374,480 computer network and systems administrators work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Network and Systems Administrators, Network Specialists
Duties Design, install, and support an organization's computer networks
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Internships and co-ops
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Network Manager or Network Engineer or Architect
  • Experienced Computer Network Administrator
  • Entry-Level Computer Network Administrator