A 4-year degree is often stated as a requirement for Network Administrators, particularly at the larger companies. An AS degree, along with certification, is usually an acceptable substitute.
Cisco and Microsoft offer certification tests for their networks. Passing these tests indicates to potential employers that one has the technical skills necessary to be a Network Administrator. Most of the training programs described in the next section prepare individuals to pass one or more of these certification exams. The certifications that are relevant for Network Administrators are listed below.
- Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
The next section in this career guide ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs available for Network Administrators.