Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked David Fleming from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

David Fleming

Sub Lieutenant - Navy

Defence Forces

Read more

  David Fleming
Learn about the Naval Service – look at the website, visit a ship alongside a port when they are open to the public, talk to any friends/family in the Naval Service, ring the Recruiting Office.
Close

Naturalist?
Naturalist 
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Network Administrator

Job Zone

Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€30k > 60 
Network Administrator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 60 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Hudson

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Designs, installs, maintains and supports computer network systems that allow employees and organisations to communicate with each other, share files and resources and provide services.


The Work header image

Networking offers a number of potential advantages for organisations, for example:

  • The staff of the organisation can share information and resources.

  • Staff teams can work together on a project or document, even if they are based in several different offices.

  • Data (eg total number of sales/enquiries) can be collected and analysed centrally.

  • Equipment such as printers and scanners can be shared among a number of users.

 
Network managers have overall responsibility for one or more computer networks.  
Organisations often have several networks: for example, a local area network (LAN) within an office or department, and a wide area network (WAN linking all the organisation's branches across the country or worldwide. Network managers instruct their staff to perform routine tasks, such as connecting new users to the network, issuing passwords and removing log-ins for staff that have left the organisation. They make sure the network is secure and only those with the appropriate authorisation can obtain access.  
 
An important responsibility is checking that regular back-ups are performed. At the end of the day (or overnight), all the current data on the network has to be saved onto a separate storage device, such as a magnetic disk or tape. This is kept in a secure place, well away from the main fileserver. In the event of an accident or network failure the following day, all data up to the previous night can be restored from the back-up.  
 
When there are problems with the network, computer network managers investigate and try to resolve them as quickly as possible. To do this, they may need to work with hardware and software suppliers and specialist agencies such as Internet access providers.  
 
Computer network managers are also involved in re-sourcing and forward planning, including updating network hardware and software in accordance with the organisation's current and predicted needs.  
 
Managers may also have to visit other offices and sites, for example, when installing or updating network hardware and software.  
 
Computer network managers typically supervise a small team of network administrators, technicians and support workers. They have an in-depth knowledge of computer systems, as well as business knowledge and some program 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.

bullet

Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.

bullet

Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.

bullet

Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.

bullet

Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software.

bullet

Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.

bullet

Load computer tapes and disks, and install software and printer paper or forms.

bullet

Design, configure, and test computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.

bullet

Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and to determine where changes will need to be made in the future.

bullet

Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

bullet

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

bullet

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

bullet

Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

bullet

Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

bullet

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

bullet

Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

bullet

English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

bullet

Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

bullet

Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

bullet

Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

bullet

Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Programming:   Writing computer programs for various purposes.

bullet

Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

bullet

Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

bullet

Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

bullet

Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

bullet

Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

bullet

Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a computer network manager, you should have an interest in computers and a detailed knowledge of network hardware and software.  
 
You will need a patient, methodical approach, as identifying the cause of a problem sometimes requires detective work. Logical and clear thinking as well as technical knowledge are desirable skills in a Computer Network Manager.  
 
For managing staff and liaising with users and suppliers, good written and spoken communication skills are important. As a manager you should have skills in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and dispute resolution. As a manager you must be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff to work precisely and consistently. A cheerful but firm, authoritative manner is necessary.  
You need to be able to work within agreed budgets, time frames and to plan and prioritise work. Managers need to understand the policies and priorities of their company.  
 
Network managers need to be calm and conscientious. They must be able to cope with stress, especially when the network is not working correctly.  
 
For some jobs, you may need a driving licence.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Network Administrator - from:  YouTube Video
Go..Network Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

bullet

Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
  Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 644 7820
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Irish Software Association
  Address: Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1500
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: ICT Ireland
  Address: Confederation House, 84/86, Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1500
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

Job Search


Industry Expert



Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Computers & ICT
Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 31


Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 64


Software Development
Sligo College of Further Education
Information Processing
Kennedy College
Software Development
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Computer Business Applications
Inchicore College of Further Education
Computing & eBusiness
St. John's Central College
Business Computing with Programming - Advanced
Moate Business College
Information Processing
Carrignafoy Community College
Business Administration and IT
Abbeyleix Further Education Centre
Computers & Business Studies for Adults - FIT
Mallow College of Further Education
Software Engineering
St. John's Central College
Information Processing
Monaghan Institute
Computerised Office Skills for Adults
Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Software Development
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Office Administration
Westport College of Further Education
Business IT
Drumshanbo College of Further Education
English & Information Technology for International Students
Rathmines College of Further Education
Information Processing
Abbey Community College - Boyle
Computers - Beginners
Muine Bheag Vocational School
Information Processing - ECDL
McEgan College
English Language & I.T. Skills
Cork College of Commerce
Business - Advanced Computer Work Skills
Pearse College of Further Education
Computer Skills for Business
Stillorgan College of Further Education
Computerised Office Skills - Medical Secretary
Clarin College Athenry
Computer Applications (Mornings)
Limerick College of Further Education
Advanced Certificate in IT and Business Management
Monaghan Institute
Life Skills with Computers
Central Technical Institute Senior College
Information Technology
O'Fiaich Institute
Information Technology
St. Paul's Community College
Software Development
Cavan Institute
Computing & eBusiness - Advanced
St. John's Central College
Software Development - Year 2
Cavan Institute
Software Development
Cork College of Commerce
Computers and on-line Customer Service - FIT
CityNorth College of Further Education
Software Design & Development
Ringsend College
Office and Computer Studies
Selskar College
Computer Application & Technology
Mullingar Community College
Information Processing
Templemore College of Further Education
Advanced ICT - Administration
McEgan College
Software Development
Rathmines College of Further Education
Computer Studies & Office Administration
Kilmallock College of Further Education
Software Development - Advanced
Limerick College of Further Education
ICT Technical Writing
St. John's Central College
Software Development with Cloud Computing
Castlebar College of Further Education
Software Development
Bray Institute of Further Education
Banking, Insurance and IT for the Financial Sector
Cavan Institute
Software Development
Templemore College of Further Education
Business and Computer Skills
Stillorgan College of Further Education
IT Digital Skills
Crumlin College of Further Education
Software Design & Development
Crumlin College of Further Education
Office Informatics
Limerick College of Further Education
Software Development
Limerick College of Further Education
Software Development
Cork College of Commerce
Software Development
Galway Technical Institute
Software Development
Mallow College of Further Education
Software Development with Games Design
Greenhills College
IT Skills with ESOL
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Office IT Skills
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Software Development
Kerry College of Further Education
Software Development Advanced
Kerry College of Further Education
FinTech - Financial Technology Skills
Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Software Development
Longford College of Further Education
Software Development
Longford College of Further Education
Office Informatics
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Software Development - Advanced
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute