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Computer Network Administrators

Computer Network Administrator—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Computer network administrators, or network specialists, design, install, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), network segment, or Internet system. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure availability to system users. Administrators also might plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures, including firewalls. Approximately 374,480 computer network and systems administrators work in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




About as Fast as the Average
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Career Ladder
Network Manager or Network Engineer or Architect

Experienced Computer Network Administrator

Entry-Level Computer Network Administrator

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