Network Administrator

Explore the key skills, day-to-day tasks, and required qualifications of a IT network administrator. Discover statistics on employment growth, salary potential, and main industries of employment.

Overview

Network administrators are responsible for maintaining a business’ IT network equipment and operations. Daily tasks may include network monitoring, managing new updates, security testing, and evaluating current software. Depending on the size of their company, the day-to-day duties of these professionals may vary.

Those who work for smaller companies may be responsible for maintaining all computers and peripheral equipment; as well as ensure all licenses are updated and paid for. They may also research new technologies and brainstorm creative solutions to improve a business’ current IT systems.

Employment for network administrators is expected to grow very strongly in the coming years – with an 18.3% predicted job growth by 2024, according to SEEK.

Key Skills

  • Sharp critical/analytical thinking skills for troubleshooting and resolving network issues
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for assisting clients and users
  • A “lifelong learner” mindset for exploring new technologies and IT solutions
  • Excellent management and organisational skills for juggling multiple projects and client/user requests
  • A thorough technical knowledge of computers, electronics, and system administration
  • Excellent clerical and writing skills for producing network records and documentation.

Quick Facts

Network administrators can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential ($2,021) is much higher than the all-jobs average ($1,460) with many working full-time.

Salary Range

$50,000 – $93,000 (Median: $73,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

42 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Education and Training, and Information Media and Telecommunications

Most Common Qualification Level

30.9% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.