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Network Administrator
See also Computer Section

Modern society is becoming increasingly dependent on computers. This ensures a great demand for skilled manpower in the computer field.

Network administrators are responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of equipment used to link computer networks through the telephone system and other communication systems. They may be involved in designing such networks. They install computer equipment and maintain the system. When necessary, they detect and correct faults in network systems.

The traditional services offered by the Internet are well known to most, but the explosive growth of its use has sparked further demand for access to new and -enhanced services provided by an Information Superhighway (of which the Internet is only a part).

These would include services in the following areas:

- Business: telecommuting and electronic commerce
- Consumer: interactive television, video telephones, video-on-demand, information on demand and other on-line services such as electronic home shopping
- Academic / Scientific: telemedicine, telerobotics and distance learning.

Satisfying Aspects
- good opportunities for promotion
- ensuring a safe and controlled envionment

Demanding aspects
- the work can become monotonous
- one has to study continuously to keep abreast of developments in the field

A network controller and designer should:
- have good communication skills;
- be able to think clearly and logically;
- have good intellectual abilities;
- have initiative;
- be creative;
- be well-disciplined;
- work accurately;
- have an aptitude for mathematics;
- have good judgement and decision-making abilities;
- have patience and perseverance.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics,
Recommended Subjects: Information Technology, Computer Applications

Degree: Computer Science - RU, UCT, UKZN, UFH, UZ, UWC, NMMU, US, UFS, Wits, UP, UL, Information Technology / Science / Studies - Monash, UJ, NMMU, UNISA, UFH, NWU, UKZN.

Diploma: Computer Engineering, Networks etc - TUT, VUT, CUT.
Information Technology - various FET colleges, eg Tshwane S, Umgungundlovu, Elangeni, Northlink, False Bay, SW Gauteng, KZN Coastal, North and South Cape.

Some network controllers receive in-service training after they have obtained an electrical or communications engineering qualification.

- Internet industry:
- Fundamental networking
- Installation
- Consulting
- Web development
- Software maintenance
- Self-employment, with own business and/or as a consultant

Computer Society of SA   
P O Box 1714
Halfway House, 1685
Tel: (011) 315-1319
Fax: (011) 315-2276