Network Administrator

Network Administrator
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Network Administrator


Certified Network Administrator


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About the Program



What Network Administrators Do

Network administrators are responsible for the upkeep of computer hardware and software systems. In some cases, it is the responsibility of network administrators to design and implement new networks. Network administrators analyze, test, troubleshoot and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN) and internet systems or a segment of a network system. They perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking
    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Active Listening
    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Reading Comprehension
    Reading work-related information
  • Judgment & Decision Making
    Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


Quick Facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

2016 Median Pay (local) $81,910 per year
$39.38 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree
Work Experience No work experience
On-the-Job Training No on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2016 20,100
Job Outlook, 2016 - 2026 12% (22,500)
Annual Projected Job Openings 1,770


World Education

World Education Partnership

SF State's College of Extended Learning offers this program in partnership with World Education.

World Education offers a large array of courses and eLearning products to meet the needs of their academic partners. World Education's mission is to create a positive learning journey for students by providing superior service, comprehensive content and expert coaching in a format that is available and affordable to all students. They accomplish their purpose when students complete their program ready to meet the expectations and challenges of their industry and are equipped to find employment.