Computer Network Administrators

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 350,320 computer network and systems administrators work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Design, install, and support an organization's computer networks
Alternate Title(s) Computer Network and Systems Administrators, Network Specialists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Participating in internships and co-ops during college will be useful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Network Engineer
  • Experienced Computer Network Administrator
  • Entry-Level Computer Network Administrator