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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

  • $79,310

    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 jobs

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Administrator Career Paths

Administrator
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Operations Director Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Specialist Registered Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Firm Administrator 4.2 years
Pacs Administrator 4.0 years
Case Administrator 3.8 years
City Administrator 3.8 years
Plan Administrator 3.6 years
Loan Administrator 3.5 years
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Lead Administrator 3.1 years
Administrator 3.0 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Arts Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Web Administrator 2.4 years
Test Administrator 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.1%
Manager 5.0%
Consultant 3.9%
Cashier 3.5%
Teacher 3.4%
Supervisor 3.3%
Director 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.0%
Manager 6.0%
Director 4.0%
Owner 3.5%
Supervisor 2.9%
Teacher 2.9%

Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

61.7%

Male

36.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.1%

French

9.1%

German

4.2%

Russian

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Chinese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Italian

2.6%

Korean

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Urdu

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

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

28.3%

Liberty University

6.5%

Strayer University

6.2%

Ashford University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.0%

Walden University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Webster University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

31.4%

Nursing

6.7%

Accounting

6.6%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Psychology

5.1%

Computer Science

5.0%

Management

4.6%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Education

3.5%

Communication

3.4%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Information Technology

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

English

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

Social Work

1.9%

General Studies

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Other

22.6%

Masters

21.6%

Associate

10.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%
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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 Jul 12, 2016 $144,000
Unica Administrator ICSA Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 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
Hyperion/Essbase Administrator SRI Technology Services Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 02, 2015 $97,000 -
$117,000
Cognos Administrator Synchronoss Technologies Inc. Bethlehem, PA Feb 27, 2015 $97,000
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
Peoplesoft Administrator IBM India Private Limited Columbus, OH Sep 05, 2016 $77,997 -
$81,837
ALM Admin IBM India Private Limited Boise, ID Jan 08, 2016 $77,997
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

ProceduresBedFacilityFinancialReportsPayrollDataEntryPersonnelCustomerServiceWindowsServerCompanyPoliciesSafetyWebEmailHumanResourcesAuditMedicalRecordsSetupPhoneCallsOversightOfficeSuppliesSupervise

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Top Administrator Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Bed Facility
  3. Financial Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Improved Firm profitability by reducing expenses and implementing effective policies and procedures to improve outcomes.
  • Led planning, physician recruitment, budgeting, medical staff relations, Board participation and public relations for this 55-bed facility.
  • Prepare financial reports for business forecasting.
  • Handled all purchasing, payroll, visa preparation, and other administrative duties.
  • Increased centralized data entry from 25% of the employee population to 100%.

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