Network Administration

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​Keeping the Network Up and Running

Network administrators build, troubleshoot, and repair networks for businesses, schools, nonprofits, and government organizations. When the network goes down, network administrators solve the problems to keep us on track and also keep network data safe and secure.

Beyond learning how to establish a network, Information Technology Network administrator (ITNA) students study the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. You will gain experience in one of these areas and know how to install and troubleshoot any problems networks users have with their software.

You can also prepare for industry certifications throughout the ITNA program. Industry certifications are third-party endorsements that show employers you have the knowledge and experience to get the job done. The ITNA courses prepare students for many certification exams, including A+ (computer and device maintenance), Network+ (computer networking), Security+ (device security) and CISCO routing and switching.

Network Administration in the News

19 Best Jobs for Community College Graduates (Network Administration made #10 on the list!)

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Completion Options

Associate Degree Programs

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Job Titles:

  • Computer Technician
  • Data Center Technician
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator

Average pay range: $21-$42/Hour

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Typical work activities:

  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation
  • Modify software programs to improve performance
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use
  • Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems, trends, or relationships among variables
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information
  • Create databases to store electronic data
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