Network Administrators install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Other responsibilities may include monitoring networks to ensure network availability to all system users, performing necessary maintenance to support network availability, and may assist in network modeling, analysis, planning.

A Typical Day

  • Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.
  • Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability.
  • Monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption.
  • May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists.

 

 

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Northwestern Michigan College 

Computer Information Technology

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Bachelor's of Science Degree -

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

  • Take math and science classes
  • Explore how the WIFI network works at your home!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

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Pathway 2

Associate's in Applied Sciences Degree

Pathway 3

Articulate from NMC  pursue a Bachelor's of Science Degree -

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Local Area Network Specialist
 

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

0%
10-County Region
-2%
Michigan
4%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

100
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$45,200
$68,400 
$98,040

Annual Hires Regionally

10
In 2020

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Network Administrator