Career As A Network Administrator

OVERVIEW

A Network Administrator sometimes called also called a Systems administrator, is responsible for keeping an organization’s computer network up to date and running smoothly. Any company or organization that uses multiple computers or software platforms needs a network admin to coordinate the different systems.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

  1. Installing network and computer systems
  2. Configuring, Maintaining, repairing and upgrading network and computer systems
  3. Fully support, configure, maintain and upgrade corporate customer’s networks and in house servers
  4. Diagnosing and fixing problems or potential problems with the network and its hardware, software and systems
  5. Specify system requirements and design solutions
  6. Research and make recommendations on server system administration
  7. Monitoring network and systems to improve performance
  8. Install and integrate new server hardware and applications
  9. Support and administer third-party applications while keeping an eye for updates
  10. Ensure network security and connectivity
  11. Monitor network performance (availability, utilization, throughput, goodput, and latency) and test for weaknesses
  12. Set up user accounts, permissions and passwords
  13. Define network policies and procedures
  14. Manage network security tools, e.g., firewall, anti-virus and intrusion detection systems.
  15. Identify, troubleshoot, solve and document network connectivity and performance issues.
  16. Install and support hard-line telephones and other networked telecommunication devices.
  17. Monitor network performance and optimize the network for optimal speed and availability.
  18. Install, configure and maintain network hardware, for example, Cisco routers and switches.
  19. Deploy, configure and upgrade network software, such as, enterprise antivirus or diagnostics programs.
  20. Implement and maintain emergency backup and restore systems for mission-critical network servers.
  21. Network administrators regulate user access to sensitive files to protect against internal security breaches.
  22. In smaller companies, network administrators are often responsible for end-user desktop support, and the maintenance of servers and other networked devices.

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The following are desirable Network Administrator qualifications

  1. Bachelors in Computer Science
  2. Bachelors in Network Technology
  3. Bachelors in Network Administration
  4. CompTIA A+ Certification.
  5. CompTIA Network+ Certification.
  6. CompTIA Security+ Certification.
  7. Cisco CCNA Certification.
  8. Cisco CCNP Certification.
  9. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  10. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

 

STUDY REQUIREMENTS
You need the following;

  1. Computer or laptop
  2. Instructional books and ebooks
  3. Instructional videos on Network Administration

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES

  1. Critical-thinking and analytical skills
  2. Problem-solving skills
  3. Strong oral and written communication skills
  4. Ability to work independently as well as in a group setting
  5. Creative
  6. Commitment and endurance
  7. Interpersonal skills