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Working As An Application 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

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application 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 Application 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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Application Administrator Career Paths

Application Administrator
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Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Middleware Administrator Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Middleware Administrator Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Middleware Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Analyst Application Support Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Application Administrator
Consultant 5.6%
Packager 3.3%
Analyst 3.2%
Top Careers After Application Administrator
Consultant 8.1%
Manager 4.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
VMware
Highest Paying City
Baltimore, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Application Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Administrator in the United States is $86,942 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Application Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux Applications Administrator OCTO Consulting Group, Inc. Aug 14, 2016 $155,000
Senior Enterprise Application Basis Administrator Vmware, Inc. Jun 15, 2016 $142,376 -
$177,000
Administrator-Distributed Applications Citco Technology Management, Inc. Jun 08, 2016 $135,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Jun 29, 2015 $132,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Jun 29, 2015 $132,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Jul 15, 2015 $132,000
Applications Administrator IV Cox Communications Sep 01, 2015 $130,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Sep 14, 2016 $128,000 -
$138,000
SR. Applications Administrator Vmware, Inc. Dec 30, 2016 $123,517
Principal Enterprise Applications Admin EMC Corporation Nov 20, 2015 $121,800
SR. Applications Administrator Informatica LLC Jun 23, 2016 $120,000
Lead Microstrategy Applications Administrator Gap Inc. Aug 02, 2016 $117,760
Principal Software Application Administrator Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Oct 25, 2016 $117,300
Senior Middleware Applications Administrator Telcobuy.com Mar 28, 2016 $116,800
Principle Enterprise Application Administrator EMC Corporation Sep 22, 2016 $100,350 -
$135,450
Guidewire Application Administrator Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. Apr 04, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Application Administrator-Websphere Commerece Tractor Supply Company Nov 14, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Applications Administrator IV 8031843 Canada Inc. D/B/A NEXA Technologies Jan 07, 2016 $98,880
Ecommerce Application Administrator Nutrisystem, Inc. Apr 15, 2016 $98,628
Senior Middleware Applications Administrator World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Apr 20, 2015 $98,000 -
$105,000
Senior Middleware Applications Administrator Telcobuy.com LLC May 04, 2015 $98,000 -
$105,000
Application Administrator III Nevada Power Company (DBA Nv Energy Jun 22, 2016 $97,843
Web Application Administrator New York Global Consultants Inc. Apr 05, 2016 $84,365
Applications Adminstrator Neopost USA Inc. Oct 14, 2015 $84,344 -
$94,029
Application Administrator Redsalsa Technologies, Inc. Apr 08, 2016 $84,198
Application Administrator Redsalsa Technologies, Inc. Sep 09, 2016 $84,198
SR. Oracle Applications Administrator Sunwise Solutions, Inc. Jun 04, 2016 $83,949
Senior Enterprise Applications Admin EMC Corporation Jul 28, 2016 $83,250 -
$112,950
Datastage Application Administrator II Academy, Ltd. Oct 31, 2016 $83,013 -
$113,500

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Top Skills for An Application Administrator

  1. Data Integrity
  2. Windows XP
  3. Web Servers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide recommendations to address and resolve business issues while maintaining data integrity within the application.
  • Support for Windows XP/7 operating system and printers via remote Desktop.
  • Installed/configured Oracle Application Server (OAS) for web-tier usage, Application Servers and Web Servers.
  • Developed several interactive surveys and reporting mechanisms with PHP/Perl & MySQLto aid departments in identifying areas in need of improvement.
  • Installed and configured relevant web application to ensure database access as well as database consistency and integrity.

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Top 10 Best States for Application Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
  6. Montana
  7. North Carolina
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  9. Connecticut
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Application Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

64.2%

Female

30.2%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.4%

French

9.7%

Mandarin

9.7%

German

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Indonesian

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Dutch

3.2%

Braille

3.2%

Dari

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Korean

3.2%
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Application Administrator Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

7.0%

Purdue University

7.0%

Strayer University

5.6%

Western Washington University

5.6%

Webster University

5.6%

Old Dominion University

5.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.6%

Ohio University -

4.2%

Champlain College

4.2%

Franklin University

4.2%

Boston College

4.2%

Robert Morris University

4.2%

Tennessee State University

4.2%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%
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Majors

Business

21.3%

Computer Science

18.4%

Information Technology

11.1%

Computer Systems Security

8.6%

Management Information Systems

7.5%

Computer Networking

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Project Management

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Psychology

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Economics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Geography

1.3%

General Studies

1.1%

Nursing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.3%

Masters

21.2%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

5.8%

High School Diploma

3.5%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.7%
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