At every office -- whether business, nonprofit, or government agency -- the story's the same: work can grind to a halt when something goes wrong with the computer system. That's reason enough to keep hundreds of thousands of professionals busy making sure that those systems continue to run at their best. Network and computer system administrators, sometimes called network technicians, monitor networks and adjust their performance as needed.
Network and computer systems administrators install, configure (set up to work in a particular way), support, and repair computer systems for businesses and other organizations.
Some systems administrators specialize in computer security, protecting systems and data from cyber attacks.
A strong communicator who loves to analyze and solve problems.
Data was first transmitted between individual computers in the 1950s, when MIT set up a network for monitoring the air defense of the United States.