We surveyed 1,417 network administrators to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical network administrator. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a network administrator?

Low

High

Working as a network administrator typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a network administrator?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a network administrator typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a network administrator?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a network administrator.

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Do network administrators work full-time or part-time?

90% of network administrators work in full-time roles while 10% work part-time.

Is being a network administrator stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst network administrators, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a network administrator?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a network administrator.

How competitive is the workplace for network administrators?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for network administrators.

Does being a network administrator require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Network administrators will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are network administrators allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Network administrators rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do network administrators have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Network administrators tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a network administrator physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a network administrators is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are network administrators exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, network administrators tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a network administrator require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for network administrators.

Does being a good network administrator require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a network administrator.