LAN Administrator Career Field

LAN AdminLAN Administrators design, install, and support a business or institution’s LAN (local area network). A LAN is a personal computer network that allows the computers and computer systems within a business to communicate with each other.

Educational Requirements

Associate’s Degree (2 years of college) in Network Administration or computer related field
Bachelor’s Degree (4 years of College) in computer related field like computer engineering, information systems, mathematics, or statistics.

LAN administrators need at least an associate’s degree, but many employers are now looking for administrators with a bachelor’s degree in networking, information technology, or a computer related field. This is a growing field; however, it is constantly changing. LAN administrators must constantly be updating their skills to keep up with computer networking changes.

Educational Courses

Basic Computer Network Design
Network security for LAN/WAN/Internet Security
Network Upgrading
Network architecture and software systems
Network Storage Issues

Employment Statistics

Number Employed network engineers/system administrators in 2008: 339,500
Projected Employment of network engineers /system administrators through 2018: 418,400
Average Annual Pay for network engineers /system administrators in 2008: $66,610

Great Colleges

Western Governor’s University
ITT Technical Institute
DeVry University
Walden University
University of Phoenix

Related Careers

Computer and information systems managers
Computer scientists
Computer software engineers and computer programmers
Computer support specialists
Computer systems analysts

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