Cheat sheet: How to become a network administrator (free PDF)

Computer networking is at the heart of every business, home, and life. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, blockchain technology, and advanced analytics, networking is evolving faster than ever.

Networking is one of the most underrated revolutions in technology, often overshadowed by higher-profile enterprise technologies, according to a recent Deloitte Insights article, Connectivity of tomorrow.

Almost all major technologies are somehow dependent on networking and connectivity. As these technologies advance, so does networking, as evidenced by mesh networks, edge computing, network function virtualization, software-defined networking, 5G, and ultra-broadband solutions.

Nearly half (44%) of IT professionals cited upgrading network systems and foundations as a top priority in 2019, said TechTarget’s IT priorities survey. This increase is largely due to the influx of data in organizations, with companies relying on strong networks to transport and process data.

With four out of five IT professionals believing digital transformation is necessary for business survival, businesses will need reliable networks to conduct such projects. However, organizations must have the staff to support these networks.

As one of the 13 most in-demand tech jobs in 2019, according to CIO, network administrators are sought-after careers in the tech world. Network administrators (net admins) coordinate, operate, implement, and trouble- shoot network hardware and software for an organization.

To help anyone who is interested in launching a career in network administration, we compiled the most important details and resources. This article will be updated on a regular basis.

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