A computer network can consist of anything from two to thousands of computers. Network administrators maintain all the different levels of network configuration and complexity. Their duties can involve building the network, overseeing the external and internal web presence, or supporting network system backups and archiving activities. Whether they are responsible for the installation, configuration or maintenance of an organization's network, network and systems administrators have been in steady demand for the past decade.

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for network and computer systems administrators to increase by almost 16% and computer support specialists to increase by over 6%. For more detailed information about positions in the computer systems and network administration fields, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Search.aspx.

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators (SOC 15-1142)
  • Computer Network Support Specialists (SOC 15-1152)
  • Computer User Support Specialists (SOC 11-1151)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success
A student works on a larger server network.

Network administrators need a foundation of commonly used computer network and system concepts, practices, and procedures to ensure success in a variety of situations. This includes a broad understanding of computer hardware, software installation and computer network trouble-shooting techniques. Network and systems administrators should also have good problem solving and communication skills.

General Info About the Program

De Anza College's Computer Information Systems Department offers certificate and degree programs to help individuals prepare for employment in network administration. Certificate programs are ideal for those looking for a career change or for professional development. The degree program is designed for those entering the field and also those interested in pursuing further educational opportunities.

Network Design and Administration Certificate and Degree Programs

Certificates of Achievement

Certificate of Achievement-Advanced

Associate Degree (A.A.)

For more information contact the Computer Science Department: 
Business, Computer Science, and Applied Technologies Division
De Anza L14
408) 864-8796,8797

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