Other Requirements for a Freelance Network Administrator
Solid technical skills and experience with software and hardware involved in operations of local area networks, (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) and a variety of network protocols.
Strong troubleshooting diagnostic and analytical skills along with good communication skills.
Often requires individuals to be on call 24/7 in case of emergencies or network failures.
Strong attention to detail and customer-service orientation, as well as the ability to work in a team.
Educational Qualifications and Other Certifications
While you may have the ability to get a job with only an associate degree, employers prefer to hire job applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, system administration or computer networking. You may also be able to get a job in this field if you have a degree in computer or electrical engineering.
Network administrators often have certifications from software vendors such as Cisco (CCNA or CCNP), Juniper, Microsoft (MCSA or MCSE), or CompTIA (A+, Network+), etc. This will demonstrate to employers that you have experience working in a particular product. To get certified you will typically have to pass an examination. You can prepare for it by using study materials available from the vendor and participating in training they have approved. Network administrators must be willing to keep up with new technologies in this continuously changing field, even getting additional certifications as necessary.