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Career Pathway — Network and Computer System Administrator

Credential (Specialty) of Information Technology (IT)

What do they do?

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Related job titles: Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer

Median 2015 Annual Wage: $77,870 ($37.41 per hour)

Where are they employed?

The industries that employ the most network and computer systems administrators include computer systems design and related services, information, educational services, finance/insurance, and administrative/support services


Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

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