What is a Network Administrator?
February 28th, 2023
Networks enable us to access information on other systems within an organization and the Internet. Consequently, every organization must provide for reliable access to wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) networks.
A network administrator is an IT professional who creates and maintains these networks, as well as ensures that they are secure, working properly, and meeting the demands of the organization.
To meet the needs of an organization and its users, a good network administrator will possess strong critical thinking and interpersonal skills, technical aptitude, and organizational skills.
Network Administrator Job Description
The duties of a network administrator encompass several areas across the information technology sector. A network administrator has a diverse skill set and consistently stays up-to-date with changes in the industry to continue expanding their knowledge and expertise. To meet the needs of an organization and its users, a good network administrator will possess strong critical thinking and interpersonal skills, technical aptitude, and organizational skills.
The typical duties of a network administrator include:
- maintaining, troubleshooting, and administering Local Area Networks (LANs), wireless networks, Internet connectivity, and computers and mobile devices that connect to a network
- implementing and monitoring network traffic and security software
- installing firewalls
- setting up virtual private networks (VPNs)
“A Network Administrator should have an in-depth knowledge of wired and wireless network types, technologies and configuration, as well as IP addressing and network security technologies.” – Jason Eckert, Dean of Technology at triOS College
Network Administrator Salary
Network administrators are in high demand across Canada and command strong wages in all provinces and territories. A network administrator’s salary can depend on their geographic location, years of experience, and knowledge gained through certifications and designations.
Across Canada, a network administrator earns an average of $32/hour, with more experienced administrators earning as much as $49/hour. In Ontario, the average Network Administrator can expect to start at roughly $18/hour, with the average wage being $34.87/hour. Those with more experience, however, can earn up to $47.34/hour.
How to Be a Network Administrator
To become a network administrator, you need to complete a college or university program in Computer Science, Network Administration, or a related field. Often, certifications or training provided by software vendors is required by employers.
At triOS College, our Network Administrator program can prepare you for careers in Information Technology in just 33 weeks. You will study concepts such as Network & Cisco Technologies, Windows 10 Administration, and Windows PowerShell Scripting, so you can graduate with the fundamental knowledge needed for a career as a Network Administrator. You will also gain knowledge in Linux, MacOS, and mobile operating systems to further expand your skill set. In addition, you will receive vouchers, so you can complete industry-standard designations such as those issued by CompTIA. Through an 8-week internship, you will gain practical, hands-on skills and graduate with the real-world experience that employers want.