Network Administrator Kaiwhakahaere Whatunga

Network administrators design, install and maintain computer hardware and software networks, from one-building LANs (local area networks) to worldwide WANs (wide area networks).

Network administrators may choose to become certified through associations such as the Institute of IT Professionals.

Network administrators may do some or all of the following:

  • design and configure linked computer network systems
  • install systems and their parts, such as cabling, routers, switches, servers, and wifi devices
  • maintain networks, and identify and fix faults
  • make sure networks are secure and have enough capacity
  • assess and recommend network and software improvements
  • provide support and technical assistance to network users.

Physical Requirements

Network administrators spend a lot of time using computers, so they need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for network administrators includes:

  • technical computer work
  • computer helpdesk and support work
  • customer service.

Personal Qualities

Network administrators need to be:

  • methodical, accurate and patient
  • able to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • able to work well as part of a team, and with minimal supervision
  • skilled problem solvers
  • good communicators, to explain complex information about computers in easily understood terms.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for network administrators includes:

  • technical computer work
  • computer helpdesk and support work
  • customer service.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful school subjects include digital technologies, maths, physics and English.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

Network Administrators can earn around $61K-$102K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Network Administrator are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Network administrators may progress to set up their own business, become enterprise architects (providing IT solutions for a whole organisation), or move into management roles. 

Network Administrator

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