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Become An Administrator

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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

Administrators typically will work with teams, monitor the operations within your company, communicate with groups, coordinate with management and engage in planning according to the goals of your business unit or company.

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.


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.


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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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 -
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
Documentum Administrator AINS Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 10, 2016 $143,000
Hyperion Administrator Ciber, Inc. Plano, TX Feb 16, 2015 $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
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Top Skills for An Administrator


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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%.

Top Administrator Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Administrator

  1. IBM
  2. Penguin Random House
  3. Staples
  4. Apple
  5. HP
  6. SAIC
  7. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  8. Kelly Services
  9. Nordstrom
  10. AT&T
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