So you want to learn how to become a network administrator. This could be your next step towards a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding career in the information technology field. The future looks bright for this career – in 2006 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the field of network administration will have grown by 18 percent by 2016, adding 155,000 new jobs. As a network administrator you can manage online functions, local area networks and wide area networks for businesses, government agencies and/or nonprofit organizations. But before anything else you will need to get some education and training.
Most network administrators enter this career after getting a bachelor’s degree in computer science, although there are other degree options. If you get an associate’s degree in computer science or a bachelor’s degree in a related field like math or engineering, but you have taken computer classes and earned the most sought-after certifications, you should still have a bright future in this industry. Whatever educational path you take, it also really helps to complete an internship program while you’re in school. This way you’ll have some experience to boost your résumé, and you may even get a job at that company once the internship is over.
Once you have gotten your education and training out of the way, then you need to update that résumé to include all your experience and start applying for jobs. If you weren’t able to get hired at the company you interned at, try to see what kind of services your school’s career center offers. There are also online job boards geared toward network administrators and other tech jobs. You may also find some part time, temporary or freelance positions that are immediately available if you can’t find a full time job in this field right away.
It’s never been a better time to be a network administrator. The salary range for network administrators in the United States is $48,520 to $97,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With experience and merit there’s no reason why you can’t earn a salary in the top of that range.
Source by The Sider Group