What is a Network Administrator?

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What Does a Network Administrator Do?

Most of today’s businesses—from the highly technical corporation to the technically naïve small business—depend on computer networks to power day-to-day business operations, house files and documents and protect important company information. A key player in today’s business environment is the network administrator.

A network administrator has a variety of IT roles within a company. They are in charge of maintaining the company networks to maximize productivity and output within a company. A network administrator may organize, install and support company networks, including local area networks, wide area networks, intranets and other data communication systems while also monitoring network performance. A network administrator may also be in charge of training new employees on the usage and mechanics of the company’s server and various networks. These IT professional are also in charge of maintaining the security of these systems to protect sensitive company and stakeholder information and guard against potential cyber attacks.

Companies across business sectors are dependent on computer networks to function; therefore, a network administrator has tremendous opportunity to work in a variety of industries and business segments for career diversity.

Career Outlook

Technology powers today’s business environment, fueling significant job growth in a variety of tech sectors and business industries. Businesses continue to grow and invest in better technology and computer systems to improve efficiency, output and productivity, creating substantial career potential for IT professionals, including network administrators.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 28 percent career growth within the next decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the BLS, the median annual salary of a network administrator is nearly $70,000.

The King University Advantage

In an effort to maintain our commitment to an affordable education, King University has announced a zero percent tuition increase for the 2013-2014 terms. King University is also proud to offer the Bachelor of Information Technology degree 100 percent online, for professionals interested in an IT-related career bridging quality and accessibility for our adult learners.

King University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.