Network Administrator


    A network administrator, sometimes 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.


    Employers of network administrators

    • software development companies
    • the government
    • the finance industry
    • manufacturers
    • retailers
    • utilities companies
    • schools
    • universities
    • hospitals



    • installing and configuring computer networks and systems
    • identifying and solving any problems that arise with computer networks and systems
    • consulting with clients to specify system requirements and design solutions
    • budgeting for equipment and assembly costs
    • assembling new systems
    • maintaining existing software and hardware and upgrading any that have become obsolete
    • monitoring computer networks and systems to identify how performance can be improved
    • working with IT support personnel
    • providing network administration and support



    Although this area of work is open to all graduates, a degree in the following subjects is likely to increase your chances:

    • computer science;
    • computer software/computer systems engineering;
    • computer systems and networks;
    • electrical/electronic engineering;
    • mathematics;
    • network security management;
    • physics.



    • Analyzing and critical thinking
    • Patience
    • IT and technical skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Enthusiasm
    • Team-working skills
    • Initiative
    • Attention to detail