Network Administrators work with the design, construction, and maintenance of large computer systems. They are responsible for managing complex Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) as well as intranet and Internet-based systems and network segments. All of this is done to support the information technology infrastructure of corporations, government agencies and other businesses that the network administrator works for.
Network administrators work in a wide range of settings from the IT department of the largest corporations to the smallest companies to government agencies. In all of these locations, administrators are responsible for installing and maintaining network hardware and software and evaluating system performance in order to address critical problems to allow for maximum capacity of network systems.
Although there are numerous levels of education available for network administration, most employers requires students to possess a Bachelor's Degree or better to begin work. Some place will hire network administrators with an Associates Degree or professional certification if they have relevant work experience to complement their education. Often, those who get an Associates Degree or Certification begin work as a Network Support Specialist first to gain relevant work experience before making it up to Network Administration. Bachelor's degree students can usually find work as a Network Administrator straight out of college.
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