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Network Administrators are tasked with configuring, maintaining and updating a customer’s computer operating networks, as well as their servers. These professionals must have a keen eye for finding issues. They can install and integrate new software and updates and ensure that the network operates as needed. In addition to monitoring a network's performance, Network Administrators must also oversee security and connectivity, as these are key to maintaining a healthy system. Troubleshooting and problem-solving resolutions are a daily part of a Network Administrator’s work life. A Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, or a related field, is a common background for these professionals. Some of the common software they might wield on any given day includes Python, Java, C++ and C, so being comfortable with these programs is ideal. In terms of soft skills, employers often look for Network Administrators who possess great organizing, communication and multitasking capabilities.
Network Administrators are an in-demand profession, considering that most industries have an internal computer network that needs to be operating smoothly in order to keep operations functioning as needed. There are also plenty of companies that are responsible for providing an operating network to client corporations wherein a skilled Network Administrator is also essential. Examples of key industry sectors that regularly hire these professionals include gaming, finance and insurance, health and wellness, information tech and manufacturing. Some of the major companies that have acquired Network Administrators to join their teams include InnerWorkings, Foresters Financial, Heartland Alliance,Therapeutics, Inc., TelePacific Communications and Juno.