Network Administrator Kaiwhakahaere Whatunga

Network administrators design, install and maintain computer hardware and software networks, from one-building LANs (local area networks) to worldwide WANs (wide area networks).

Network administrators may do some or all of the following:

  • design and configure linked computer network systems
  • install systems and their parts, such as cabling, routers, switches, servers, and wifi devices
  • maintain networks, and identify and fix faults
  • make sure networks are secure and have enough capacity
  • assess and recommend network and software improvements
  • provide support and technical assistance to network users.

Physical Requirements

Network administrators spend a lot of time using computers, so they need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for network administrators includes:

  • technical computer work
  • computer helpdesk and support work
  • customer service.

Personal Qualities

Network administrators need to be:

  • methodical, accurate and patient
  • able to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • able to work well as part of a team, and with minimal supervision
  • skilled problem solvers
  • good communicators, to explain complex information about computers in easily understood terms.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for network administrators includes:

  • technical computer work
  • computer helpdesk and support work
  • customer service.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful school subjects include digital technologies, maths, physics and English.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

Network Administrators can earn around $61K-$102K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Network Administrator are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Network administrators may progress to set up their own business, become enterprise architects (providing IT solutions for a whole organisation), or move into management roles. 

Network Administrator