Network administrators operate and control computer networks, which allow companies to share information among different computers. They organize, install and support local area networks, intranets, and other data communication systems.
Analytical skills, communication skills, and naturally, computer skills, are paramount in this field, as network administrators must evaluate the network, determine how changes will affect it, describe issues and solutions to colleagues, and solve network issues.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013), the field is expected to grow by 28%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Since a variety of different companies require someone to maintain their computer networks, network administrators are employed in a variety of different companies. Most work full time.
The job most often requires a bachelor’s degree related to computer or information science, although computer engineering degrees may also be helpful. Some positions require only an associate’s degree.