Network and Computer Systems Administrators

General Information

Description

Install, configure, and maintain an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit63.84%
  2. State and local government14.84%
  3. Private, not for profit11.40%
  4. Federal government8.17%
  5. Self-employed1.45%

Job Outlook

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 24,900 openings for network and computer systems administrators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$84,810

Military salary*

$71,302

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State-by-state Salary

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$107,860
$49,560
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 52%
  • Associate's degree 20%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Some college 9%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English Language
  • Telecommunications
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