The Network Administrator is at a higher to senior level in the technical support staff and is not primarily concerned with direct user technical issues. The Network Administrators main concern is the current status of the whole network which includes all users under it. The predominant task of the Network Administrator is to make sure that the network is secure, working at great performance level and that connectivity is maintained within the network infrastructure. As term implies, the Administrator controls the head of activities running within the network and under this officer, several technicians work to perform other small or direct user concerns. The Network Administrator also designs the network that is best suited to a corporation which means frequent rechecks and redesigning dependent on the user’s demands. Sometimes, the Network Administrator takes over the duties of a Network Engineer if the company is small and does not require much maintenance and design. The Network Administrator sees to it that there is hierarchal access to the network and security is maintained to the allowed level of access. The roles and responsibilities of Network Administrators actually vary from one company to another since there are different demands depending on the nature of work. They may be assigned to take care of authorization and authentication of access, company directory and computer-to-computer access. Often, it also includes the preservation of individual office machines and other technical facilities that have to maintain its connection to every computer involved in the work. It also deals with settings of different drivers, personal computers that vary from employee to employee and connectivity settings of the whole work area to one machine such as printers. If the network is undersized, the Network Administrator may also be in charge of the database, storage and file access.
To qualify for the job, a Network Administrator must be certified and must have undergone training in an official and recognized institution. Certificates are usually good for three years and can now allow one to apply for the job of a Network Administrator depending on the line one trained for. The aspiring Network Administrator must pass tests depending on their options and they must choose to take an exam for a professional or a specialist level. Network Administrators are usually highly compensated depending on the company, and most of them only perform administrative jobs and are considered professionals.