In Summary - Network Administrator
Network Administrators typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Network Administrator
Networking offers a number of potential advantages for organisations, for example:
- The staff of the organisation can share information and resources.
- Staff teams can work together on a project or document, even if they are based in several different offices.
- Data (eg total number of sales/enquiries) can be collected and analysed centrally.
- Equipment such as printers and scanners can be shared among a number of users.
Network managers have overall responsibility for one or more computer networks.
Organisations often have several networks: for example, a local area network (LAN) within an office or department, and a wide area network (WAN linking all the organisation's branches across the country or worldwide. Network managers instruct their staff to perform routine tasks, such as connecting new users to the network, issuing passwords and removing log-ins for staff that have left the organisation. They make sure the network is secure and only those with the appropriate authorisation can obtain access.
An important responsibility is checking that regular back-ups are performed. At the end of the day (or overnight), all the current data on the network has to be saved onto a separate storage device, such as a magnetic disk or tape. This is kept in a secure place, well away from the main fileserver. In the event of an accident or network failure the following day, all data up to the previous night can be restored from the back-up.
When there are problems with the network, computer network managers investigate and try to resolve them as quickly as possible. To do this, they may need to work with hardware and software suppliers and specialist agencies such as Internet access providers.
Computer network managers are also involved in re-sourcing and forward planning, including updating network hardware and software in accordance with the organisation's current and predicted needs.
Managers may also have to visit other offices and sites, for example, when installing or updating network hardware and software.
Computer network managers typically supervise a small team of network administrators, technicians and support workers. They have an in-depth knowledge of computer systems, as well as business knowledge and some program
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
- Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
- Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
- Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
- Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software.
- Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.
- Load computer tapes and disks, and install software and printer paper or forms.
- Design, configure, and test computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.
- Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and to determine where changes will need to be made in the future.
- Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Interests - Network Administrator
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
As a computer network manager, you should have an interest in computers and a detailed knowledge of network hardware and software.
You will need a patient, methodical approach, as identifying the cause of a problem sometimes requires detective work. Logical and clear thinking as well as technical knowledge are desirable skills in a Computer Network Manager.
For managing staff and liaising with users and suppliers, good written and spoken communication skills are important. As a manager you should have skills in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and dispute resolution. As a manager you must be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff to work precisely and consistently. A cheerful but firm, authoritative manner is necessary.
You need to be able to work within agreed budgets, time frames and to plan and prioritise work. Managers need to understand the policies and priorities of their company.
Network managers need to be calm and conscientious. They must be able to cope with stress, especially when the network is not working correctly.
For some jobs, you may need a driving licence.
Entry Requirements - Network Administrator
Pay & Salary - Network Administrator
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 30k - 60k
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Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Network Administrator
ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Irish Software Association