Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job Summary

Network and Computer Systems Administrators are responsible for the installation of computer systems for organizations, both software and hardware. They also make sure that the systems are working properly and must respond to issue reports, identify and solve the problem(s). They are in charge of adding persons to the network and issuing security permissions.


Network and Computer Systems Administrators generally carry out the following duties:

  • Install hardware and software based on an organization’s system requirements

  • Maintain, update and back up data on computer systems for optimal functionality

  • Engage in troubleshooting for any issues which arise in the computer system

  • Issue security clearances to persons to be added to the network.

  • Train persons in the proper use of hardware and software


A bachelor’s degree in the computer or information science related field is required by most employers. A degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering may also be beneficial. In some cases however, a post secondary degree or associates degree is accepted. Some businesses even require a master’s degree.

To demonstrate that the individual is well versed and exhibits the use of best practices, certification is often required. Certification can be achieved from Microsoft and Cisco


In order to test Network and Computer Systems Administrators effectively, employers usually administer the Teamglide's Network Administrator Test which assesses the individual’s ability to install, configure, monitor and optimize network computer systems. The IQ Cognitive Test can also be administered to determine the individual’s analytical and problem solving skills. Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be u used to assess an individuals work ethic and ethical code of conduct.


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Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$82,050 per year, $39.45 per hour
Entry level qualification
Bachelor's degree
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)