Network and computer systems administrators/systems programmers are in charge of administrating, and managing network-related tasks across systems in their organization. They are responsible for maintaining excellent network transfer performance, as well as oversee and review networking protocols while developing new scripts to make networking devices work in more efficient ways. Network and computer systems administrators/systems programmers use their analytical skills to identify bottlenecks in a network transfer and utilize a variety of applications to correct speed and permission issues. Generally, these administrators report their progress and escalate problems with the network manager or supervisor in their area. One of their main tools include a personal computer to manage routers, switches, and other networking equipment. The administrator's main responsibilities include updating computer systems and making sure security software has been installed correctly and is running as it should. They also create run-times for systems in a variety of programming languages.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in computer science, network specialist, or a similar field. In addition, previous experience managing networks and systems is often required or preferred. Industry certifications may also be preferred.
Network and computer systems administrators/systems programmers must have advanced knowledge in how to measure network performance drops, in addition to configuring specific ports for other users. They should perform well in a team setting, but also work well on their own with minimal supervision. They should also be organized individuals that pay strong attention to detail and have strong interpersonal skills to interact with other administrators and information technology (IT) professionals, as well as communicating with non-technical staff about networking issues in an easy-to-understand manner.
Network & Computer Systems Administrator / Systems Programmer Tasks
Establish and document standards and procedures.
Recommend, install, configure, maintain, and upgrade all computer and networking software and hardware for use in an office, department, or small company.
Monitor network and systems for performance, security,and other issues.
Install, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot file, email, and authentication servers, as well as Internet access and other networked services.
Assist users with software, hardware, and connectivity issues.