Junior Network Administrators perform many of the same tasks as a Network Administrator, but with more oversight. The Network Administrators are responsible for operation and maintenance of the connections and communications across computers, servers, network devices and other computer equipment,. Assigned duties will vary depending on the size of the network, other support resources and their skills and the individual’s strengths.
These jobs may require working on other than regular business hours, as the networks usually must be available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, except for planned outages. Administrators need to support scheduled work at night, and to be available for assignment to on-call shifts in case of an unplanned outage.
Junior Network Administrators’ upward career path would most likely be to become a Network Administrator, positioning them to move up to IT Network Manager, IT Project Manager, Network Architect or IT Security Specialist, where responsibilities and salaries are greater.
Job Description: What Does a Junior Network Administrator Do?
A Junior Network Administrator shares responsibility for the operational support of a company’s network and telecommunications infrastructure – Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) including both wired and wireless. He or she ensures that all parts of a company’s network of computers are functioning properly, and they may have the added responsibility for intranets and interfaces to the web.
This work covers any changes to the network, including equipment installation, software upgrades and patching in a manner to minimize disruption of business operations. In an unplanned outage, they must respond rapidly to diagnose and execute repairs and shorten the downtime.
The security aspect of the job requires them to maintain proper access control policy, including issuing credentials (ids), enforcing password policy and resetting passwords. They use software tools to monitor for intrusion, malware and other attacks against the communications infrastructure.
A Junior Network Administrator will also monitor performance of the network, identifying issues and opportunities for optimization of bandwidth and speed. This entry level position allows them to gain the experience and on-the-job education to advance in their careers.
Junior Network Administrator Job Responsibilities and Duties
A Junior Network Administrator is responsible to perform some or all of the following:
- Build and set up computer networks by physically installing, connecting and configuring equipment.
- Install and configure network software, including security software and protections.
- Set up access permissions and issue ids, configure firewalls and reset passwords.
- Assist in selecting and purchasing new equipment and software.
- Manage receipt of equipment and software and maintain license and support contract documentation.
- Maintain network and communication hardware and software inventories, including disposing of equipment no longer needed according to policy.
- Comply with all accepted change control procedures.
- Participate in troubleshooting network outages or performance issues.
- Support telecom equipment and other connected devices.
- Schedule the installation of firmware patches and updates to all network devices and software.
- Perform network security measures and monitor for threats.
- Manage file servers and scheduled back-ups.
- Administer access rights and permissions as required by the business.
- Assign network addresses and implement protocols.
- Provide as-needed technical assistance to end-users or the Help Desk.