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Network & Computer Systems Administrators

Also called: Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist)

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Cyber Warrant Officer; CWO - Information Systems Technician; CWO - Information Warfare Technician; Information System Technician; LDO - Communications, Submarine; LDO - Information Systems; LDO - Information Warfare; RL - Special Duty Officer - Cyber Warfare Engineer; RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer; RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer

What they do:
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Network monitoring software
  • Ethereal
  • Quest Foglight
Administration software
  • Cisco Systems CiscoWorks software
  • Hewlett-Packard HP Network Node Manager
Network security or virtual private network VPN management software
  • Intrusion prevention system IPS software
  • Network and system vulnerability assessment software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$74,000
per year, on average
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