Learning computer networking could be your way out of the recession I
Network administrators install, support and manage the networks and computer systems that keep information flowing. They implement and maintain network hardware and software, troubleshoot network problems, and ensure network security, availability & performance standards.
In challenging economic times, organizations retain and hire new network administrators to optimize existing systems to reduce costs and increase productivity. In a strong economy, companies implement new networking and communications technologies to spur a competitive advantage, leading to increased demand for trained and certified network administrators to install, secure and optimize the new systems. This consistent demand for network administrators, independent of economic conditions, has led some leading employment experts to dub network administrator a "recession proof career."
The U.S. Dept. of Labor forecasts network administrator employment to explode by 28% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. With demand at an all-time high, it's an ideal time to begin or advance your network administration career.
What network administrators do
Typical daily activities and marketable skill sets for network administrators include the following. Network administrators:
- Configure and maintain the organization's internal computer network.
- Manage network security tools, e.g., firewall, anti-virus and intrusion detection systems.
- Identify, troubleshoot, solve and document network connectivity and performance issues.
- Install and support hard-line telephones and other networked telecommunication devices.
- Monitor network performance and optimize the network for optimal speed and availability.
- Install, configure and maintain network hardware, for example, Cisco routers and switches.
- Deploy, configure and upgrade network software, such as, enterprise antivirus or diagnostics programs.
- Implement and maintain emergency backup and restore systems for mission-critical network servers.
- Network administrators regulate user access to sensitive files to protect against internal security breaches.
- In smaller companies, network administrators are often responsible for end-user desktop support, and the
maintenance of servers and other networked devices
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