4 Qualities Employers Look for in Network Administrators

network-administration-ftcAs a new career, network administration can provide you with job security, interesting and challenging work, as well as a better income. Florida Technical College (FTC) offers an associate degree program in network administration, including wireless technology, which you can complete in less than two years.

By earning this degree you will put yourself in a position to meet the demand for network administrators, network field technicians, telecom engineers, and so many more opportunities. To make yourself the most desirable candidate for these great jobs, consider these four important qualities that                                                                                                  employers look for in new hires:

  1. A commitment to keep learning. Technology is always changing, which means that to be successful in this career, you need to be open to continuous education. Your degree from FTC is the right place to start, but future employers want to know that you will be willing to take additional courses, to read up on evolving technologies and take part in professional development opportunities. The need to keep learning and growing is what makes a career in network administration so exciting, so embrace it.
  2. Specialized technical skills. Your future employer wants to see that you have certain specialized skills right from the start, in addition to being willing to learn more over time. With the network administration degree from FTC, you can prove you have those skills. Not only does this program teach you all the basics of network design, administration and configuration, it also provides you with the skills needed to work with a variety of network hardware and wireless technology.
  3. Problem-solving skills. Network administrators are often proactive in their work. They set up and maintain networks with the goal of avoiding problems, but they also have to troubleshoot. A big part of working in this field is solving technology problems. Employers want to know that you can think critically and apply what you have learned about networks to solving problems as they arise. At FTC, we emphasize problem solving and make sure you have the skills and the practice to be good at technical troubleshooting.
  4. Being self-motivated. The work of a network administrator and related fields is highly independent. To be able to work on your own and take charge of your daily responsibilities without a lot of oversight is liberating and empowering, but it also requires self-motivation. You won’t always have someone looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do next. Employers want to see that you can be self-motivated and get your work done without being shadowed.


Earning a degree in network administration from FTC is your first step toward a great new career in this exciting technological field. It’s up to you, though, to ensure that you practice and develop the important skills needed to impress future employers and get that dream job. Let our educators and professionals in network administration help you get there.