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
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.

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada