As a Network Administrator you will make and maintain LAN (Local Area Network) i.e. connect computers in the same floor or building. Or it could be WAN (Wide Area Network) say linking all colleges in Mumbai. As a Network Administrator you could even maintain the vast servers, which host these websites. In simple words you will be building and maintaining these information superhighways.
A Network Administrator has to have sound knowledge of both hardware and software. So you might not really be programming software‟s but you sure will know their 271
functions. In major corporations, your work as a Network Administrator could also include ensuring security of stored information and giving access to relevant people.
Wherever there is more than one computer, you will be there as a Network Administrator. You could be employed in small or medium sized firms in any industry. Alternatively, you could work for computer firms and be in charge of networking needs of your client companies. As a Network Administrator you could move to senior positions where you will work as a consultant to set up the computer infrastructures of huge projects. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) like VSNL also employ Networking Administrators for maintaining their servers and ensure smooth data transmissions to their clients.
Practical knowledge counts the most in this field. You need to have good problem solving abilities. A clear logical thought process helps as well as thorough knowledge of your subject. A diploma or degree in Engineering (Electronics & Telecommunication) with specialization in Networking is usually the starting point. There are numerous certification courses offered by networking companies such as Cisco, Novell, etc. You can keep upgrading these certifications to reach higher positions. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, as you will have to sit down and explain complicated technologies in layman terms.
Diploma holders usually start off in the range of Rs 6,000- Rs 8,000 a month. A well-qualified Engineer with a Cisco certification will start with something like Rs 15,000 a month in India. After that it's your additional certifications and experience that counts. As a Network Administrator you could be well placed in two to three years time with around Rs 20,000-25,000 a month.