Network Administrator Career Information
What a Network Administrator does
It's a fact that computers are no longer stand-alone machines. They are connected in small offices, large buildings and over cities, states, countries and continents. It is not something as simple as connecting two wires together. There are innumerable software and hardware issues that go into networking. As a Network Administrator you will be a wizard who makes sense of it all.
As a Network Administrator you will make and maintain LAN (Local Area Network) i.e. connect computers in the same floor or building. Or it could be WAN (Wide Area Network) say linking all colleges in Mumbai.
As a Network Administrator you could even maintain the vast servers, which host these websites. In simple words you will be building and maintaining these information superhighways.
A Network Administrator has to have sound knowledge of both hardware and software. So you might not really be programming software’s but you sure will know their functions. In major corporations, your work as a Network Administrator could also include ensuring security of stored information and giving access to relevant people.
New hardware and software’s will be installed on your recommendation. A Network Administrator will have to constantly update yourself with the latest advances in this field.
Wherever there is more than one computer, you will be there as a Network Administrator. You could be employed in small or medium sized firms in any industry. Alternatively, you could work for computer firms and be in charge of networking needs of your client companies. As a Network Administrator you could move to senior positions where you will work as a consultant to set up the computer infrastructures of huge projects.
ISPs (Internet Service Providers) like VSNL also employ Networking Administrators for maintaining their servers and ensure smooth data transmissions to their clients.
The need for connectivity is growing by the hour and technology is changing at a rapid pace. Without doubt good networking professionals are much sought after.
The emergence of wireless technology such as WAP and Blue Tooth has only increased the need for skilled professionals to make sense of all these technicalities involved.
Abilities & Traits Required
Practical knowledge counts the most in this field. You need to have good problem solving abilities.
A clear logical thought process helps as well as thorough knowledge of your subject.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, as you will have to sit down and explain complicated technologies in layman terms.
BE Networking Engineering, BTech Networking Engineering, BE Electronics, BTech Electronics, BE Computer Engineering, BTech Computer Engineering
Diploma holders usually start off in the range of Rs 10000- 12000 a month.
A well-qualified Engineer with a Cisco certification will start with something like Rs 25000 a month in India. After that it's your additional certifications and experience that counts.
As a Network Administrator you could be well placed in two to three years time with around Rs 35000-45000 a month.