Network Admins Are in High Demand

As networks continue to grow in size and complexity, so does the number of jobs for the people that manage them. Network administrators are in high demand now, and that’s expected to continue as the nature of the position becomes, well, more complex.

Network Admins Are in High DemandSeventy percent of CIOs listed network administration as a technical skill most in demand in their departments, according to a survey by Robert Half International (RHI). Employment for network admins is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2008 to 2018, 286,600 new network admin jobs will be created in the U.S., the BLS says. And, by 2012, an estimated 14 percent of the entire North American IT workforce will work on IP networks. That’s an estimated 780,000 workers, says researcher IDC.

“We’re seeing … that 45 percent of CIOs are investing in IT,” notes Craig Kapper, senior regional vice president for RHI. “Those investments will almost always incorporate hiring of contract professionals or full time employees. When you have headcount, demand for network administration and support of end users definitely goes up.”

Jobs in the Network

More network administration jobs are available today than there are qualified people to fill them, says IDC. That’s created a skill gap of about 60,000 workers,.

Network administration jobs include network administrators, network architects, network engineers, systems administrators, LAN administrators, network operations analysts, network technicians and information systems administrators. Within each job title, are further specialties that focus on specific network segments such as wireless and security.

“Ten years ago there was one main network administration certification: the Microsoft MCSE,” says Gregg Burnett, vice president of business development at online training firm K Alliance. “Nowadays, there are so many types of networks with so many different levels that require so much background that people need to know what specific jobs they want to perform.”

Some of the most in demand skills Robert Half sees are with Microsoft certifications including Active Directory, Windows XP, MS SQL, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003. Organizations need network specialists who can design, install, manage
and secure network infrastructure. Over the next five years, the top
network skills in demand will be security and risk management, network
architecture, network design, network performance management and
business development, according to a report by Illuminas and Cisco.

Some
of the general skill sets in networking include basic networking,
active directory, virtualization, mail aps or exchange, storage area
networks and security, Burnett said.

“The demand on the Microsoft side is tremendous,” says Kapper. “It’s never been more important to get a Microsoft certification and become an advanced Microsoft user.”

Despite that, Cisco likens the field to an onion, with numerous positions within different network fields.

“One of things we’re actually focused on doing is basing our certifications on specific job roles and tasks,” says Tejas Vashi, director of market development for Learning at Cisco. “When you pull back covers in security alone, there are 11 different job roles. What we’re seeing is a lot of specialization as more and more technologies enter the industry.”

Positions often require the network professional to constantly stay abreast of new technological changes, which can be challenging, notes Burnett. today, they need to think more about cloud computing and how that will affect networks in the next five to ten years.

“Most of the network administrators I speak with always feel like their job is in jeopardy, because the skill sets change so quickly and so often that they can never afford to be complacent,” Burnett says. “The field is expanding so much and there is so much interest from organizations to find individuals to keep up with technology trends.”

— Chandler Harris

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6 Responses to “Network Admins Are in High Demand”

October 10, 2010 at 6:07 am, Dustin said:

I’m sorry, but whomever is doing this study is full of BS. I’ve been in IT for over 15 years, and have worked for some of the largest corporations in the country.

What I see as a trend, is companies are outsourcing whatever can be done remotely to other countries. And 90% of IT work can be done remotely.

I’ve lost my job 3 times now because of outsourcing, and the trend continues. Stop lying to people, and shed the WHOLE picture!

IT is a dying breed, and it’s not going to get better anytime soon…

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October 10, 2010 at 6:07 am, Dustin said:

I’m sorry, but whomever is doing this study is full of BS. I’ve been in IT for over 15 years, and have worked for some of the largest corporations in the country.

What I see as a trend, is companies are outsourcing whatever can be done remotely to other countries. And 90% of IT work can be done remotely.

I’ve lost my job 3 times now because of outsourcing, and the trend continues. Stop lying to people, and shed the WHOLE picture!

IT is a dying breed, and it’s not going to get better anytime soon…

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October 12, 2010 at 7:40 am, George said:

I’ve been with the same ISP since the broadband launch in the late 1990s. It’s a high-burnout gig and I’ve seen a lot of faces come and go, but I hang in since it’s a steady paycheck. If I got laid off I’d go back to school….probably med school. It can’t be any harder than Cisco certifications 😉

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October 12, 2010 at 7:40 am, George said:

I’ve been with the same ISP since the broadband launch in the late 1990s. It’s a high-burnout gig and I’ve seen a lot of faces come and go, but I hang in since it’s a steady paycheck. If I got laid off I’d go back to school….probably med school. It can’t be any harder than Cisco certifications 😉

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August 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm, mike said:

Network jobs was a big thing in the late 90’s thru 2005. However, the field is dying. I graduated from an IT school in telecommunications and they had to change the name ( 2004) because it was a dying field. The demand for network admins is low.. You will need more skills such as Microsoft . MS certs are in much bigger demand. Cisco certs like CCNA will not guarantee you a job. As of matter of fact, it will most likely not guarantee you a job. You need much more such as security and Microsoft. Technology is changing very rapidly and you will need to get to school.

The only jobs I see that are demand are tech support jobs paying like 20.00 bucs an hour. If you like answering calls, than it may be for you , otherwise its not.

Programming jobs are much better.. Companies always need developers to configure and program there websites and software. Plus the competition is low because many people don’t have the patience to sit behind a desk all day.

With all that said, There are 2 major reasons why IT jobs are getting hard to come by.
1) outsourcing to foreign countries
2) tech keeps changing

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December 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm, jay said:

I totally disagree with this comment. I’ve studied for my ccna and I still had a hard time finding work.. All I did was help desk support jobs and then I was told we don’t need you anymore. Network admin jobs are hard to come by…

No company is going to have someone entry level or even a few years experience touch their network.
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Besides having networking skills, companies are looking for other skills as well such as Linux, Microsoft and especially software development. Sure, having a ccna skill is good but nowadays, its not enough. For every one cisco job that’s available, they’re also 4 Microsoft jobs that need to be filled.

You want a great career in networking, be prepared to spend tons for certs such as ccnp, voip and ccie and that will get you a job; but that takes time and lots of money.

Networking jobs were booming in the late 90’s and when internet was getting popular and many organizations were expanding their network.

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