Network Administrators install and maintain hardware and software, document diagnosis and resolution of faults, manage user passwords, security and inventory documentation, ensure the efficient performance of servers, printers and personal computers, and attend to other operational tasks. They may also perform tasks such as help desk support and user training.

Specialisations: LAN Administrator.

You can work as a Network Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Tasks

  • Provides specialist skills in supporting and troubleshooting network problems and emergencies.
  • Installs, configures, tests, maintains and administers new and upgraded networks, software database applications, servers and workstations.
  • Provides network programming in support of specific business needs and requirements.
  • Prepares and maintains procedures and documentation for network inventory, and records diagnosis and resolution of network faults, enhancements and modifications to networks, and maintenance instructions.

More about Computer Network Professionals

All Computer Network Professionals

  • $2,021 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Network Administrators

  • 5,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Network Administrators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 6,900 in 2011 to 5,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Network Administrators work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services26.9
Education and Training17.0
Information Media and Telecommunications12.2
Public Administration and Safety10.4
Other Industries33.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNetwork AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.331.6
VIC30.425.6
QLD13.620.0
SA7.77.0
WA10.610.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.61.0
ACT4.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNetwork AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-244.6-9.39.3
25-3428.7-22.922.9
35-4432.1-22.022.0
45-5422.5-21.621.6
55-596.7-9.09.0
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationNetwork AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree30.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.6-21.121.1
Year 1215.0-18.118.1
Year 111.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Network Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Computer Network Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    81% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Telecommunications

    67% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  3. Clerical

    57% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Administration and Management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. English Language

    50% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    89% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

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