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Working As An Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become An Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Administrator Career Paths

Administrator
Manager Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Owner Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Owner Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Manager
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Officer Assistant Operations Officer
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Store Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Buyer Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Owner Vice President Senior Vice President
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Administrator 3.0 years
Site Administrator 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Administrator
Cashier 6.2%
Internship 5.3%
Manager 4.9%
Teacher 3.4%
Consultant 3.2%
Supervisor 3.2%
Secretary 3.1%
Director 2.8%
Top Careers After Administrator
Manager 5.9%
Consultant 5.8%
Cashier 5.2%
Owner 3.9%
Director 3.8%
Supervisor 3.1%
Teacher 2.9%
Internship 2.8%

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Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

56.9%

Male

32.3%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

French

8.7%

German

4.2%

Russian

3.4%

Mandarin

3.2%

Chinese

3.0%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Italian

2.4%

Arabic

2.0%

Korean

1.7%

Cantonese

1.3%

Hindi

1.1%

Urdu

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Tagalog

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Greek

0.5%
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Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

31.5%

Strayer University

5.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.4%

Walden University

3.9%

New York University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Webster University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%

Northeastern University

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%

Grand Canyon University

2.9%

Ohio State University

2.9%

Florida International University

2.7%

National University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Accounting

7.1%

Nursing

6.8%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

Psychology

5.1%

Computer Science

4.5%

Management

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Communication

3.4%

Education

3.3%

Finance

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Marketing

2.5%

English

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Information Technology

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Social Work

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

22.0%

Masters

20.0%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$50,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
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$76,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does an Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Administrator in the United States is $76,192 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Informatica Administrator IST, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 16, 2016 $155,140
IP Telephony Administrator Itech Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 16, 2015 $148,366
Troux Administrator (Enterprise Architect & SR. Developer Tekplant, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $145,600 -
$155,600
Tibco Administrator ECOM Solutions Inc. Torrance, CA Mar 02, 2015 $145,000
Unica Administrator ICSA Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 12, 2016 $144,000
Unica Administrator ICSA Inc. Richardson, TX Jul 12, 2016 $144,000
Hyperion Administrator Ciber, Inc. Plano, TX Feb 16, 2015 $143,000
Documentum Administrator AINS Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 10, 2016 $143,000
Hyperion Administrator Ciber, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jun 06, 2016 $143,000
Administrator Community Care ADHC Inc. Temple City, CA Feb 09, 2015 $141,336
Peoplesoft SYS Administrator NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $140,000
ETL Administrator B&H Photo Video-Pro Audio Inc. New York, NY Dec 30, 2016 $137,000
Advanced Virtualization Administrator Noridian Mutual Insurance Company Roswell, GA Mar 09, 2016 $97,864 -
$98,328
Applicantion Administrator IV Nevada Power Company Las Vegas, NV Nov 16, 2015 $97,843 -
$122,000
Peoplesoft Administrator Mast Technology Services Columbus, OH Oct 27, 2015 $97,718
Tibco Administrator Cerebral Technologies Inc. Irving, TX Dec 17, 2015 $97,594
Pmis Administrator Catholic Health Initiatives PA Aug 06, 2015 $97,050
Cognos Administrator Synchronoss Technologies Inc. Bethlehem, PA Feb 27, 2015 $97,000
Hyperion/Essbase Administrator SRI Technology Services Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 02, 2015 $97,000 -
$117,000
SAS Administrator Bioinfo Systems LLC Hartford, CT Jul 09, 2015 $96,500
Cognos Admin IBM India Private Limited Columbia, SC Nov 14, 2016 $78,331
Datbase Administrator Logexsoft Inc. Richmond, VA Oct 09, 2016 $78,000
ALM Admin IBM India Private Limited Boise, ID Jan 08, 2016 $77,997
Peoplesoft Administrator IBM India Private Limited Columbus, OH Sep 05, 2016 $77,997 -
$81,837
Peoplesoft Administrator Technical Strategies Inc. Hopkins, MN Jun 01, 2015 $77,400
Stibo Administrator Uline, Inc. Pleasant Prairie, WI Aug 10, 2015 $77,210 -
$108,000

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Top Skills for An Administrator

  1. Procedures
  2. Facility
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Major Accomplishments: Managed day-to-day operations as well as develop policies and procedures for internal/Hospital coordinated departments.
  • Prevented state license revocation and returned facility to profitability within the first three months of taking over administrative duties.
  • Determine credit worthiness of tenants by ordering and reviewing credit reports and accessing Internet research and financial statements.
  • Assisted with payroll preparation and entered data into cumulative payroll document.
  • Provided additional help with various office related responsibilities when needed such as data entry or other computer projects.

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