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Network Administrator

Associate Degree Program - 68 Credits

Today’s businesses need computer networks that help them stay competitive and efficient. As a Network Administrator, you are responsible for the seamless operation of an organization’s network infrastructure. 

As a valued I.T. professional, you will oversee the connectivity and security of routers, wireless equipment and switches used in modern networks. You also are responsible for security of network operating systems such as Novell, Linux and Windows.

Your career can start in just two years. An associate’s degree in network administration from Southeast Tech gives you the skills to install and support any organization’s computer systems, including intranets, LANs, WANs, network segments and other data communication systems. Your degree will launch a career where you will:  

  • Troubleshoot system problems  
  • Instruct users on proper use of software/hardware  
  • Optimize system/network performance  
  • Analyze system needs Perform upgrades/repairs to networks  
  • Oversee security permissions 

Salaries for Network Administrators


The median annual wage for Network Administrators in South Dakota in 2020, according to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Network Administrator program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2021 graduates.

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Compare: Network Admin vs. System Admin  

For today’s Network Administrator, user access is most important. You will oversee data center connectivity, network availability and response times. Your job centers on network performance, so you will be alert to load balancing, IP addressing and routing protocols. System Administrators have oversight of internal computing resources such as servers, desktops and an organization’s valued applications. A System Admin installs software updates, manages backups and recover and tracks licensing.

Why Study Network Administration at Southeast Tech  

During your network admin training in Sioux Falls, you will learn the troubleshooting skills and technical proficiency necessary to solve a problem using computer programs as well as the ability to determine work-around solutions in time-sensitive situations.   Your Associate of Applied Science degree also helps you:  

Demonstrate Professionalism / Communication: Working with STC’s faculty, you will gain confidence in outlining new technologies to inform users, writing manuals on operating systems and upgrades, and documenting operational statuses.  

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills: You will become adept at analyzing and communicating the impact of new technologies and upgrades on your organization’s existing system.  

The Extended Learning Advantage: As an I.T. technician, you will benefit from membership in professional organizations and pursuing other professional development and training opportunities.  

What can you do with your STC degree  

Network Administrators find careers in a wide range of industries, including education, manufacturing, software publishing, finance and insurance, and computer system design.  

Explore classes  

Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for Network Administration totals 70 credits, including classes in Server Virtualization, Network Troubleshooting, Routers and WANs, Linux Administration and Network Services and Security. 

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Kenneth Schaffer

Computer Network Security Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

Todd Wohlwend

System Administration Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

Merrel Pepper

Network Administration Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

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