The networking administrator is responsible for maintaining and performance of data communication networks like LAN (Local Area Network) or WAN (Wide Area Network). To do this, the knowledge of nodes, switches, lines building, LAN and WAN is a must. They are responsible to connect different devices in the organization to network and maintain the network performance fast and smoothly. Any organization that uses many computers to work needs a network admin to connect the computers with each other and coordinate the different systems.
Network administrators are for making sure that, computer hardware and network infrastructure related to an organization's data network are effectively maintained.
Job responsibilities of Network Administrator:
The job responsibility of a network admin can vary depending on the work type and size of the organization. But some common day to day responsibilities of a network admin are:
- Maintaining, repairing and upgrading the network and computer system
- Diagnose and fixing the problems in the network and computer systems
- Monitoring the performance of the network and keep it smooth
- Installing or upgrading the software in computer systems
- Assembling the new systems
- Setup emails and internet filters
- Make sure that licenses are paid for and up to date for software that needs
- Checking the security breaches
- Setup user accounts, password and permissions
A bachelor degree in computer science or information technology is a must to pursue this career. After getting a degree do a certification that will help you in advance your career. You can do specified certifications also like Microsoft and Cisco providing is providing a range of hardware and network certification courses.
Normally it's a 9 to 5 office job, but sometimes you need to work beyond these hours like when any network problem occurred, need to install a new network line or need to prepare the new systems to work in limited time period.
The average salary of a network administrator is 20k to 30k depending on the organization, location, and your experience. After having a good experience and gaining some networking skills one can earn a higher salary also.
The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Network Security Management, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, Windows 2003 Server, Network Support, and Switching and Routing.
As the IT industry is growing and the digitization is happening in other industry also, the demand for networking experts is growing. The network specialist can get a job not only in IT organizations, but in many another type of organizations too. Here is list of few typical employers for such job:
- IT organizations
- Banking and finance industry
- Government organizations and offices
- Universities and other education institutions
As work in almost all industries today depends on computers, then network administrator is needed in each computer dependent organization.