Job Outlook for Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Love to tinker with computers and networks?

If you do, you will be happy to know that you can earn an excellent living pursuing your passion.

Network and computer systems administrators earned a median salary of $72,560 in May 2012, or $34.88 per hour, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the job outlook is good. Click on the map below (then scroll down) to learn wage details for network and computer systems administrators in Tennessee. 

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Nearly every organization uses computers, networks and the Internet in their day-to-day operations. Computer network and systems administrators are responsible for the operation and security of these systems and networks. These network admins organize, install and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) network segments, intranets and other data communication systems. System administrators also work with anyone that uses a computer in an organization - from the CEO to the receptionist.

They usually work in an office environment and oversee the physical operations of the network servers as well as the end-user systems. Some systems may be in extreme environments such as manufacturing. Most employers require new hires that have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field.

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What jobs do network and computer systems administrators do?

  • Determine what the organization needs in a network and computer system before it is set up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data to evaluate a network’s or system’s performance and help make it work better and faster
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users on the proper use of hardware and software
  • Solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system inform them that a problem exists

What are important qualities for network and computer systems administrators?

  • Analytical skills: must evaluate performance and determine how changes will affect it
  • Communication skills: must describe problems and solutions to non-IT workers
  • Computer skills: oversee connections of many different types of equipment and ensure they all work together
  • Multitasking skills: must work on many situations at the same time
  • Problem-solving skills: must be able to quickly resolve computer problems
 

 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators

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