ERIC Number: ED399984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Network Systems Administration Needs Assessment.
Lexington Community Coll., KY. Office of Institutional Research.
In spring 1996, Lexington Community College (LCC) in Kentucky, conducted a survey to gather information on employment trends and educational needs in the field of network systems administration (NSA). NSA duties involve the installation and administration of network operating systems, applications software, and networking infrastructure; assessment of computing and networking needs; and development of small utility programs for managing the computing environment. Surveys were mailed to 1,500 area businesses, with 11% (n=160) returning completed questionnaires. Study findings included the following: (1) 42% described their business as manufacturing-related, 9% as health care-related, and 8% as public accounting-related; (2) 45% indicated that they used Novell Netware for their network, while 19% (n=29) had no network in place; (3) of the 29 respondents without a network, 55% said that they hoped to install one in the next 5 years; (4) of 159 respondents, 69% indicated that they currently employed a network systems administrator and 31% said they did not; (5) overall, respondents identified a need for 46 NSAs immediately, 114 within 1 to 5 years, and 105 within 6 to 10 years; and (6) skills for successful employment rated as "very important" most often were problem-solving skills, network management and troubleshooting, and analytical skills. Employer comments to selected questions and the survey instrument are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lexington Community Coll., KY. Office of Institutional Research.