How to become a Network Administrator

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What do they do?

Are you good with technology and computers? Know your LAN from your WAN? Then becoming a Network Administrator could be the perfect career move for you.

The main role of a Network Administrator is to set up, configure and maintain a business’s computer network, and as such they have become vital in many industries.

Key duties for a Network Administrator will usually include:

  • Planning and installing the appropriate systems
  • Setting up user accounts and retrieving lost information such as passwords, e-mail addresses or user names
  • Providing support and solving any network problems, regularly backing up or restoring any necessary information
  • Monitoring the network efficiency, carrying out any changes needed to improve performance
  • Maintaining network security at all times, implementing extra security measures when required

Is it right for me?

To be successful as a Network Administrator, the most obvious attribute needed is a high level of computer literacy.

You must be technically minded, and up to date with emerging technological advancements. Also, it’s essential to have a good knowledge of how computer systems operate.

Other key skills include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly developed organisational skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • The ability to describe technical information simply and efficiently across the business
  • Patience

Career Progression?

Network Administrator

Up to 20,000

Network Engineer

Up to 35,000

Network Architect

Up to 60,000

What's it really like?

The best thing about being a Network Administrator is that I get to do something I’m genuinely interested in, and get paid for it. Developments in computing move extremely quickly, meaning that the job is constantly changing. There are always new security threats, or ways of improving the network, so you never stop learning. I really enjoy finding out about the latest developments in the computer industry, and introducing them to our systems.

Get qualified

CompTIA or Cisco accredited qualifications will help you learn the fundamental knowledge needed to be a Network Administrator, and will be the most desirable things for employers to see on your CV.

Cisco Complete Network Training Certification

This bundle course gives network administrators and engineers access to all the materials they need to both boost their knowledge levels and to prepare for the Cisco CCENT, CCNA and CCNP exams, as well as the Voice and Security specialisations.

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CompTIA Network & Security Bundle

This three course bundle will allow you to gain a complete understanding of PC networking and security. You’ll learn everything required to support and manage a Windows PC network, from basic hardware familiarisation to administering a PC network to securing data within that network.

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