Manage an organization's computer systems, including local area networks (LANs) inside the company, the company interfaces to external wide area networks (WANs) such as telecommunications and cable networks, and other data communication systems within the company. This includes managing who has access to what devices and online information within the company. People in this career control how different computers interact and communicate with each other, preventing people from accessing information they shouldn't.

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.
  • Test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption.
  • Assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. 

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College
Computer Information Technology

Ferris State University (NMC University Center)
Bachelor of Science Computer Information Systems

Elsewhere in Michigan


Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

AP Computer Science class

Tour Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center - Information Technology 

Tear apart old electronics
Troubleshoot issues in your home
Ask questions when you have them and look up things online
Get comfortable on the phone

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center - Information Technology

Pathway 2

Northwestern Michigan College 

- Computer Information Technology: Infrastructure and Security 

Pathway 3

Take Industry Certification Exam at NMC Aero Park Professional Testing Center 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager (IS Manager)
  • Network Administrator

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Systems Administrator