Network administrators, IT are responsible for keeping their organization's computer network up to date. They must make sure that their system runs smoothly and efficiently. Their tasks include performing component installation, system updates, system repairs, and system testing. They must update the organization's software regularly. They are responsible for backing up data and information relevant to their computer system. They must install security software, such as virus protection and firewalls and run updates on them on a regular and timely basis. They must be able to troubleshoot network issues. They must be thoroughly familiar with their organization’s information technology (IT) hardware and infrastructure. They must have proven experience in network architecture.
Excellent communications skills are required, since network administrator must work with internal clients from different departments of their company, external clients, or computer vendors. They must be flexible. They may be on call 24/7.
Employers prefer that network administrators have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in information technology, computer science, or other relevant fields. Some employers prefer that their network administrators possess professional certification, such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technology coming into the marketplace. They may have to travel to clients’ or vendors’ sites. They may have to coach and mentor new or more junior network administrators. They may be required to continuously attend various computer-related classes, workshops, or conferences.
Network Administrator, IT Tasks
- Build, configure, and troubleshoot local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and other company networks.
- Diagnose and correct network systems issues.
- Provide hands-on network administration support, network maintenance and operations support.
- Recommend networking software and hardware enhancements.