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What do network or computer systems administrators do?

Network or computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organizationís LAN (local-area network), WAN (wide-area network), network segment, Internet, or intranet system.

They provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and large corporations.

How are network systems administrators trained and educated?

Due to the wide range of skills required, there are many paths of entry to a job as a systems administrator. Many employers seek applicants with bachelorís degrees, although not necessarily in a computer-related field.

Entry-level network and computer systems administrators are involved in routine maintenance and monitoring of computer systems, typically working behind the scenes in an organization. After gaining experience and expertise, they often are able to advance into more senior-level position.

What is the future job outlook for systems administrators?

According to the governmentís Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of systems administrators is expected to increase much faster than average as firms will continue to invest heavily in securing computer networks.

How much do computer network administrators make?

Median annual earnings of network and computer systems administrators were $54,810 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,290 and $69,530. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $86,440.

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