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computer systems administrator

Computer systems administrators install, maintain, and support an organization's information technology systems. They test system components to ensure that computers, software, and network equipment function seamlessly together. Systems administrators may be in charge of the company's LAN, WAN, intranet or Internet systems. Some administrators focus on specialist roles such as network security, IT audit, or system upgrade research.

A computer science degree or online IT degree offers an entry point into a computer systems administration degree. Most administrators have a bachelor's degree, though an associate's degree can offer a baseline credential. In addition, professional IT certifications in specific technologies help administrators advance into expert administrator or analyst roles.

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