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Network and Computer Systems Administrators
(SOC Code : 15-1142)
in California

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures. Exclude "Computer Support Specialists" (15-1041).

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
Wages for this occupation in California are not available.

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2018 - 202825,70027,2001,5005.819,990

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Computer Systems Design and Rel Services8,68315.5%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,1877.4%
Colleges and Universities 1,5133.6%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 32,8663.4%
Data Processing and Related Services 2,9583.2%
Employment Services 4,8173.0%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 16,0352.6%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 8,8252.4%
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 6,5572.4%
Architectural and Engineering Services 17,6522.3%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,4761.8%
Legal Services 43,9501.7%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,4881.6%
Insurance Carriers 7731.4%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,2851.3%
Offices of Physicians 47,3871.2%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 9371.2%
Accounting and Bookkeeping Services 18,4311.2%
Depository Credit Intermediation 7,9661.1%
Insurance Agencies, Brokerages & Support23,7781.1%
Office Administrative Services 5,5101.0%
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,1811.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assura
Network and System Administration/Administrator

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software.
Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.
Load computer tapes and disks, and install software and printer paper or forms.
Design, configure, and test computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.
Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and to determine where changes will need to be made in the future.
Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
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
 
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