Career Details

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Career Overview

Network and computer administrators are responsible for all aspects of a computer network including its installation and daily operations of local area networks, wide area networks, and communication systems.


A four-year bachelor's degree in computer science, network administration, computer engineering, or a related field is usually required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's degree) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be required to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$110,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Network and computer systems administrators work with the physical computer networks of a variety of organizations and therefore are employed in many industries.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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