Network Systems Administrator

A critical role to virtually every organization


An Essential Career

Network Systems Administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization’s computer networks and communication systems. They implement and maintain network hardware and software, troubleshoot network problems, and ensure network security, availability and performance standards.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

Job Market Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts network administrator employment to grow 8% from 2014 to 2020, as fast as the average occupations. Furthermore, the BLS predicts the biggest growth to occur among healthcare, stating, “Growth is expected in healthcare industries as their use of information technology increases. More administrators will be required to manage the growing systems and networks found at hospitals and other healthcare institutions." [1]

With demand at an all-time high, it's a perfect time to begin or advance your career in network administration.


The "Recession Proof Career"

In harsh economic times, businesses rely on network administrators to optimize existing systems to lower costs and increase productivity. In a stable economy, companies employ new networking and communications technologies to gain an advantage over their competitors, thus leading to increased demand for trained and certified network administrators. This steady demand has led many employment experts to dub network administrator a "recession proof career."

The Network Systems Administrator Professional (NSAP) Program is designed to teach students the knowledge and skills required to work with various computer systems within a business environment. Graduates of this program will know how to oversee the performance of computer systems, maintain system functioning, perform data backups, troubleshoot and ensure network security. They will also learn how to oversee the day-to-day operations of an organization’s computer network and communication system by installing, supporting and managing networks and systems.

Completion time: 540 Hours

Required Wonderlic score: 19

Associated job titles: Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Systems Administrator, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer System Analysts, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist)

Class Hours
Computer Networking & Security 108
Cisco Routing & Switching 180
Microsoft Operating System 36
Microsoft Server Administration 216
Total Hours: 540

[1]Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrator