Often the role of a Network Administrator and a Systems Administrator are blurred. In smaller organizations, a single Administrator may be responsible for both areas. However, the line is often more distinct in larger organizations. Broadly speaking, a Network Administrator takes care of the LAN and WAN infrastructure and devices. The System Administrator takes care of the servers and desktop end-user devices.
Some of the job duties that a Network Administrator may perform on a day to day basis are:
- Configuring network devices including Routers, Switches, Firewalls and Wireless AP’s
- Upgrading and repairing computer network infrastructure including cabling, connectors, patch panels
- Troubleshooting network issues including cabling, connectors, patch panels
- Assisting network architects with the design of network models
- Determine an organization’s system needs and install network hardware and software
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of network administrators in the computer systems design and related services industry is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026. The Median Pay rate for Network and System Admins in 2017 was $81,100 per year.
If you are looking to get into Network Administration as a career, these are some of the key certifications:
Additionally, we offer discount packages for many of these classes: