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Network Administrator

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Network Administrator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 60
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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.
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The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated that "Despite significant graduate supply and a number of job ready job seekers with IT skills (many of whom, given the comparatively high turnover estimates, are likely to be only in frictional unemployment), shortages of IT skills continue to exist. IT skills are in demand across all economic sectors. Furthermore, the situation is not unique to Ireland as there is a shortage of IT skills internationally."

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Engineers; "network (Linux, Open Source), database, QA, automated performance testers, DevOps, developing/testing, process re-engineering and communication skills"

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IT Operations Technicians

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Database administrators; computer games testers; IT technicians; network administrators; systems administrators.

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Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 7%
Male / Female: 82 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 24%
With Third Level: 71%
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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.

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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


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


Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: Irish Software Association
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Organisation: ICT Ireland
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