Network Administrator

See also Computer Section.  Modern society is becoming increasingly dependent on computers. This ensures a great demand for skilled manpower in the computer field. Network administrators connect different devices together to form fast and efficient networks. They are responsible for maintaining the links and solving any problems that may occur with computer networks. 


Network administrators are responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of equipment used to link computer networks through the telephone system and other communication systems. They may be involved in designing such networks. Important tasks are consulting with clients to specify system requirements and design solutions, budgeting for equipment and assembly costs, assembling new systems, maintaining existing software and hardware and upgrading any that have become obsolete, working in tandem with IT support personnel and providing network administration and support.  They install computer equipment and maintain the system. When necessary, they detect and correct faults in network systems.

The traditional services offered by the Internet are well known to most, but the explosive growth of its use has sparked further demand for access to new and enhanced services provided by an Information Superhighway (of which the Internet is only a part).

These would include services in the following areas:


  • Business: telecommuting and electronic commerce

  • Consumer: interactive television, video telephones, video-on-demand, information on demand and other on-line services such as electronic home shopping

  • Academic / Scientific: telemedicine, telerobotics and distance learning.


Key skills for network administrators are patience, technical skills, IT skills, interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, team-working skills, initiative, commitment to quality and attention to detail.


Employment


  • internet industry

  • fundamental networking

  • installation

  • web development

  • software maintenance

  • self-employment, with own business and/or consultant


Getting Started


  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work with a computer company

  • arrange to speak to a network administrator about this type of career


Programmes

Adventist University of Central Africa, Akilah Institute for Women, BA ISAGO University College, Belgium Campus, Boland TVET College, Boston City Campus & Business College, Botho University, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Catholic University of Rwanda, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Commerce and Computer College of South Africa, CTU, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Durban Computer College, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Egerton University, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Embu University College, Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies, Gretsa University, Harare Institute of Technology, ICESA City Campus, Institute of Applied Sciences, Institute of Development Management, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (East), Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (West), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kaimosi Friends University College, Kampala Institute of Vocational Training and Business Studies, Karatina University, KCA University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kepler Kigali, Kibabii University, Kigali Independent University, Kirinyaga University College, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Kisii University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lovedale Public TVET College, Maasai Mara University, Machakos University College, Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), Marian University College, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Meru University of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Mauritius, Moi University, Monash South Africa, Motheo TVET College, Mount Kenya University, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, Multimedia University of Kenya, Mulungushi University, Murang'a University of Technology, Mzumbe University, Ndejje University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Open University of Tanzania, Pan Africa Christian University, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Production Management Institute of Southern Africa, Regenesys Management, Regent Business School, Riara University, Rongo University College, Rosebank College, Scott Christian University, Sol Plaatjies University, South Eastern Kenya University, St Paul's University, Stefano Moshi Memorial University College, Strathmore University, Swaziland College of Technology, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, The East African University, Tom Mboya University College, Tshwane North TVET College, Tumba College of Technology (North Campus), Umma University, Université des Mascareignes, University of Botswana, University of Cape Town, University of Eldoret, University of Iringa, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Kigali, University of Nairobi, University of Rwanda, University of Swaziland, University of Technology Mauritius, University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies, Vaal University of Technology, Varsity College, Walter Sisulu University, Zetech University


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