How do I become a Network Administrator?

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In this technologically advanced era, network administrator plays an important role in managing computer networks of an organization. Since organizations are becoming more digital, it is likely that the demand for network administrators will be at constant rise. 

So, if you are wondering, ‘how do I become a network administrator?’ then this article is all you need to read!

Let’s get started! 

Education and Training for Network Administrators:

  • Get a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any IT related subject
  • Get a CompTIA certification 
  • CCNA Certification
  • MCSE Certification
  • Cyber security Courses

Skills Needed for Network Administrator Role:

  • Tech Savvy
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills 
  • Attentive to details
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility 
  • Time Management Skills

Roadmap to Becoming A Network Professional:

  • Acquire the Necessary Education: The First step is to ensure you have the necessary education, as mentioned above, that makes you eligible to work as a network administrator. 
  • Gain Practical Experience: The second step is to gain practical experience through internship and various training programs.
  • Build a Strong Knowledge Base: Ensure that you have enough knowledge about troubleshooting, network administration and cyber security etc.
  • Develop Soft Skills: Develop soft skills such as problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking etc.
  • Networking: Build a strong network and stay updated with the industry trends
  • Job Search and Application Process: Start the job hunt and submit your application in relevant organizations with vacant position for a network administrator.

Interviews and Career Advancement:

Some common questions that an interviewer may ask the candidate while interviewing for network administration tasks include:

  • Differentiate between a switch and hub
  • Purpose of QoS and ARP in networking
  • Necessary steps to be taken in case of a security concern
  • How to resolve server issues
  • How will you communicate with audience who have a non-technical background
  •  How to provide convenient and efficient network access to users?

Opportunities for career growth and advancement:

Individuals who pursue the field of network administration have the following career growth opportunities:

  1. Network Administrator
  2. IT Manager
  3. Network Engineer
  4. IT Director
  5. System Administrator
  6. Network Security Specialist
  7. VoIP Engineer
  8. Cloud Administrator
  9. Data Center Administrator
  10. NOC Technician

Getting started as a network administrator

Common Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge:  Cyber security threats

Solution: Carry out audits regularly, implement advanced security measures, train employees 

  • Challenge: Unplanned Network Downtime

Solution: Actively monitoring and regular network testing

  • Challenge: High Bandwidth Demand 

Solution: Traffic optimization and use higher bandwidth

  • Challenge: Adapting Network Scalability

Solution: Utilize modular hardware and ensure scalable architecture is designed

  • Challenge: Managing complex network configuration 

Solution: Investment in automated configuration management tools


In conclusion, this article provided a step by step process of becoming a network admin as well as listed the educational steps for network administration career that is generally expected from expected from the recruit. 

By following each step carefully and getting certifications from the relevant courses listed in this article, an individual will be able to excel in not just network administration but various other career paths within this field. 

The certification and practical experience would also enable an individual to provide a solution for all the potential challenges and provide growth opportunities.

I hope this article answered your question, “How do I become a network administrator?”

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What educational background is required to become a network administrator?

A. The educational requirements to become a network administrator include getting a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any IT related subject, a CompTIA certification, CCNA Certification, MCSE Certification and completion of cyber security course.

Q. Are certifications necessary for a career in network administration?

A. Certifications such as CompTIA and CCNA are necessary for career advancement and growth opportunities in the field of network administration and help boost job application. 

Q. How can I gain practical experience in network administration?

A. You can gain experience in network administration through practical hands-on training sessions conducted by institutes offering network administration course/certifications,  do an internship, or participate in various volunteering opportunities.

Q. What soft skills are important for a network administrator?

A. Soft skills that are important for a network administrator include problem solving skills, critical thinking, decision making skills, attentive to details and customer centric working skills.

Q. What are the common challenges faced by network administrators?

A. Few of the several common challenges faced by network administrators include, cyber security threats, unplanned Network Downtime, high Bandwidth Demand, adapting Network Scalability, and managing complex network configuration.

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