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Network and Computer Systems Administrators in Sonoma County

May also be called: Information Technology (IT) Directors; IT Managers; IT Specialists; Local Area Network (LAN) Administrators; Network Administrators; Network Engineers; Network Managers; Network Specialists; Systems Administrators; and Systems Engineers

What Would I Do?

Network and Computer Systems Administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks, which is a vital part of most organizations. They install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), Internet and intranet systems, a segment of a network system, or other data communication systems.

Most Systems Administrators spend their working hours indoors in environmentally controlled buildings. Voice and data equipment are kept in communications rooms, which can be cold. Systems Administrators usually work 40 hours a week, but may work overtime or on call to ensure proper functioning of networks and systems.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Systems Administrator may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve working with ideas and that require an extensive amount of thinking.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Network and Computer Systems Administrators in California is $92,677 annually, or $44.56 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2017Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$70,176$92,677$119,410
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2017 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Systems Administrators generally receive medical and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers. Some employers may also offer stock options and bonuses.

What is the Job Outlook?

As businesses and government agencies continue to invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks, demand for Systems Administrators should remain high. Systems Administrators with an information security background will be needed to keep networks and systems safe.

How Do I Qualify?

There are many ways to become a Network and Computer Systems Administrator. Employers generally require a bachelor’s degree in a related field, but some accept an associate degree, along with certificates and related work experience.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Network and Computer Systems Administrators find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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