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Network and Computer Systems Administrators

What They Do:

  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database.
  • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.

Source: O*NET (2019)

Sample Job Titles:

  1. Database Administrator
  2. Data Engineer
  3. Oracle Database Administrator
  4. Database Developer
  5. Database Developer

Source: O*NET (2019)

Outlook in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 5,675
Projected Annual Growth 0.2%
Average Entry Level Salary $72,700
Median Salary $111,100

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Network and Computer Systems Administrators (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
4,052
Current Workforce
5,675

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (32%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (23%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (12%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • System Administration
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • VMware
  • Hardware and Software Installation
  • Technical Support
  • Windows Server
  • UNIX
  • Hardware and Software Configuration
  • Domain Name System (DNS)

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q2 2019

Outlook in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 14,786
Projected Annual Growth 0.8%
Average Entry Level Salary $64,400
Median Salary $99,300

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Network and Computer Systems Administrators (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
12,857
Current Workforce
14,786

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (32%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (23%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (12%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • System Administration
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • VMware
  • Hardware and Software Installation
  • Technical Support
  • Windows Server
  • UNIX
  • Hardware and Software Configuration
  • Domain Name System (DNS)

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Richmond, VA MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 2,029
Projected Annual Growth 0.3%
Average Entry Level Salary $59,300
Median Salary $89,100

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Chmura-JobsEQ and Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Network and Computer Systems Administrators (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
902
Current Workforce
2,029

Source: Greater Washington Partnership analysis of Burning Glass data, 9/17/21

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (32%)
  • CompTIA Security+ (23%)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (12%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • System Administration
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • VMware
  • Hardware and Software Installation
  • Technical Support
  • Windows Server
  • UNIX
  • Hardware and Software Configuration
  • Domain Name System (DNS)

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Largest Employers in Capital Region:

  1. CapitalOne
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