Network administrators are in charge of a company or organization's network and computer systems. They oversee how these systems run and may give technical support or troubleshooting when something doesn't go quite right. Network administrators install and configure local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and cloud computing efforts. In addition, network administrators also need to secure these systems. This may include configuring network permissions, encrypting network transmissions and monitoring those systems to guarantee their integrity. Similar positions include network analysts and network architects.
Network administrators are employed in almost every industry and almost every company. As computers, the use of the Internet and cloud computing solidify their role in modern business, there is a need for people to manage those systems and networks.
Network Administrator Job Education Requirements
Most network administrators have a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer programming or information technology. In some cases, a computer engineering degree may also be acceptable. Some companies will require a master's degree and many ask their network administrators to keep up with the latest networking developments, training in new technologies, software programs and operating system updates.
Network Administrator Job Market
The Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) explains that because network administrators are employed in such a diverse array of companies, the job outlook for these positions is roughly the same as the average job market for all occupations, or around 12 percent. The demand for network administrators will be higher in more technology-oriented companies and in those companies that are more technologically forward. The BLS expects there to be 42,900 new network administrator jobs through 2022.
Network Administrator Job Salary Information
The median salary for network administrators is around $72,560 per year, or roughly $34.88 per hour (BLS). The rate of pay will vary depending on the size of the organization, the number of computers and systems to be managed and the location of the employer.