Career as an IT Network Administrator


July 12, 2012 by Farzad Minoo Damania

A Network Administrator is a responsible for the overall health of the network, security, ensuring network connectivity throughout and company’s LAN/WAN infrastructure, and all other technical considerations at the network level.
Network Admin’s Motto:
  •  Monitor
  •  Troubleshoot
  •  Secure
A Day in a Network Administrator’s Life
  •  Maintain and administer computer networks (LAN & WAN)
  •  Monitor network performance to determine bottlenecks and issues
  •  Plan and implement network security measures to protect data and hardware
  •  Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems
  •  Manage access to different devices, drives and systems on a network
  •  Connect servers built on different platforms using network protocols
  •  Work with webmasters to manage company internets and intranets
  •  Troubleshoot malfunctions & monitor the system’s firewall
  •  Configure routers and switches using networking protocols
  •  Work in data centre for installation/configuration of new network connections
Skills Required
  •  Good problem solving and troubleshooting abilities
  •  Clear logical and analytical thought process
  •  Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  •  Ability to explain complicated technologies in layman terms
  •  Ability to keep updated with latest technologies
  •  Thorough knowledge of subject matter and allied fields
  •  Willingness to work on-call should a system require maintenance
  •  Ability to work in a team environment
  •  Knowledge of network and internet protocols
Job Titles
  •  Network Engineer
  •  Network Technician
  •  Network Programmer
  •  Network Systems Manager
  •  Network Analyst
  •  Network Security Specialist
  •  Wireless Network Administrator
  •  Network Architect
  •  Data Centre Network Administrator
  •  Network Infrastructure Security Engineer
Certificate Courses in Networking
Areas of Specialization: Routing & Switching, Design, Voice, Security, Wireless, Data Centre, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations
  • Cisco Certifications: CCNA / CCNP / CCIE
  • CWNP Certifications: CWNA / CWSP / CWDP / CWNE
  • CompTIA Certifications: Network+ / Security+
  • Juniper Certifications: JNCIA / JNCIS / JNCIP / JNCIE
  • Novel Certifications: Netware CNA / Netware CNE
 Note: Certifications in the fields of Operating Systems, Security, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization are also pursued along with Networking Certifications.
Career Map
B.E. (IT) or B.E. (CS) or B.Sc. (IT) or B.Sc. (CS) or B.C.A. are preferred degrees for pursing a career in IT Networking.
Other Related Careers
  •  UNIX/Linux Systems Administrator
  •  Systems Administrator
  •  Backup Administrator
  •  SAN Storage Administrator
  •  Computer Engineer
  •  Virtualization Administrator
  •  Database Administrator
  •  Computer Programmer
  •  Computer Hardware Technician
  •  Systems Architect
  •  IT Help Desk Support
  •  IT Security Specialist
Farzad Damania
Head Counsellor & Corporate Trainer
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7 thoughts on “Career as an IT Network Administrator

  1. Vinni says:

    Great Info … Thanks

  2. PRAVIN says:

    Hello Farzad,
    Nice post. Very Informative.

    Can you guide me on how to select the correct certification in networking, since you have mentioned so many. Which one should I start with if I am a newbie in this field.
    Thanks. Pravin

  3. Dear Vinni,
    Thank you for your appreciation.
    Farzad Damania
    EduGroomers Team

  4. Dear Pravin,

    Thank you for your valuable feedback.

    As far as the certifications go, you may start with basic certifications to get your basics in place, followed by a more advanced certification.
    You can start with CompTIA Network+ and Cisco CCNA certifications. Later you can pursue Cisco CCNP and Cisco CCIE after gaining practical work experience in this field.

    You can also pursue certifications in areas of Security, Virtualization and Operating Systems to enhance your knowledge base in IT Systems.

    Farzad Damania
    Head Counsellor & Corporate Trainer
    EduGroomers Career Counselling

  5. Anonymous says:

    i enjoyed reading edugroomers blog, very detailed work..keep it up. rajiv malkhani

  6. cisco ccie says:

    In this field there are many options available to choose on. Can you guide me for choosing right networking course.

  7. Dear Cisco CCIE,

    Good to hear from you. You may start with the basic certification such as CompTIA Network+, Cisco CCENT and Cisco CCNA.

    Depending on your interest area, you can then choose one of the areas of specialization: Routing & Switching, Voice, Wireless, Storage Networking, Data Centre, Design etc.

    Best Wishes,
    Farzad Damania
    Head Counsellor & Corporate Trainer
    EduGroomers Career Counselling

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