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You might hire a network administrator to:

  • Install and maintain all cable, router, switch, hub, server, and system connections
  • Monitor and optimize cybersecurity, uptime, and network connection speed

  • Provide on-call support to keep network operating systems updated and running

  • Take a proactive approach to disaster preparedness, backups, and tech upgrades

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Experience with hardware and software installation, as well as system administration
Degree in a computer-related discipline
Critical thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills
Experience in a network administration role
Customer service and interpersonal skills like patience, empathy, and communicativeness
Experience with Microsoft Windows Server
Curiosity and a love of learning, with a commitment to ongoing education
Experience with Cisco switches and routers
Some familiarity or experience with local area networks, wide area networks, and virtual private networks
CISSP, CCNA, CCNP, MCSE, or similar certification