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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

  • $109,778

    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
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Web Sphere Administrator Senior Consultant
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 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
Administrator 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.0%
Analyst 3.8%
Engineer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 4.4%

Application Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

67.0%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

72.9%

Asian

13.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.6%

German

9.4%

French

9.4%

Mandarin

9.4%

Carrier

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Indonesian

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Braille

3.1%

Dari

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Application Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.9%

Northeastern University

6.3%

University of Houston

5.5%

Strayer University

5.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.9%

Eastern Michigan University

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

West Virginia University

3.1%

Western Michigan University

3.1%

University of Delaware

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.1%

Western Governors University

3.1%

Oregon State University

3.1%

Drexel University

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.8%

Business

16.9%

Computer Information Systems

11.3%

Information Technology

9.7%

Information Systems

5.8%

Management Information Systems

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Project Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Communication

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

23.1%

Other

14.8%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Application Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux Applications Administrator OCTO Consulting Group, Inc. Suitland, MD Aug 14, 2016 $155,000
Senior Enterprise Application Basis Administrator Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 15, 2016 $142,376 -
$177,000
Administrator-Distributed Applications Citco Technology Management, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Jun 08, 2016 $135,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Weston, MA Jun 29, 2015 $132,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Parkton, NC Jun 29, 2015 $132,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Weston, MA Jul 15, 2015 $132,000
Applications Administrator IV Cox Communications Atlanta, GA Sep 01, 2015 $130,000
Lead Applications Administrator Biogen, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 14, 2016 $128,000 -
$138,000
SR. Applications Administrator Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 30, 2016 $123,517
Principal Enterprise Applications Admin EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Nov 20, 2015 $121,800
SR. Applications Administrator Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Jun 23, 2016 $120,000
Lead Microstrategy Applications Administrator Gap Inc. Pleasanton, CA Aug 02, 2016 $117,760
Principal Software Application Administrator Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA Oct 25, 2016 $117,300
Senior Middleware Applications Administrator Telcobuy.Com Maryland Heights, MO Mar 28, 2016 $116,800
Web Application Administrator Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2015 $104,000
Senior ERP Application Administrator Stefanini, Inc. Southfield, MI Jul 02, 2015 $101,458
Application Administrator IV Cox Communications, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 23, 2016 $100,422
Principle Enterprise Application Administrator EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Sep 22, 2016 $100,350 -
$135,450
Guidewire Application Administrator Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. Carmel, IN Apr 04, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Application Administrator-Websphere Commerece Tractor Supply Company Brentwood, TN Nov 14, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Applications Administrator IV 8031843 Canada Inc. D/B/A NEXA Technologies Richardson, TX Jan 07, 2016 $98,880
Ecommerce Application Administrator Nutrisystem, Inc. Fort Washington, PA Apr 15, 2016 $98,628
Obiee Application Administrator Credit Acceptance Corporation Southfield, MI Jul 17, 2015 $86,840
Application Administrator-Websphere Commerce Tractor Supply Company Nashville, TN Feb 16, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Application Administrator The Finish Line USA, Inc. Indianapolis, IN May 13, 2016 $85,000
Oracle Applications Administrator Smartdog Services, LLC (Formerly DCC Services, LLC Austin, TX Dec 01, 2016 $84,656 -
$120,000
Web Application Administrator New York Global Consultants Inc. Uniondale, NY Apr 05, 2016 $84,365
Applications Adminstrator Neopost USA Inc. Milford, CT Oct 14, 2015 $84,344 -
$94,029
Application Administrator Redsalsa Technologies, Inc. Princeton, NJ Apr 08, 2016 $84,198

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Top Skills for An Application Administrator

DatabasePl/SqlWebServerWindowsServerTroubleshootUnixActiveDirectoryLinuxInfrastructureSharepointSetupSQLServerFinancialTechnicalSupportManagementSystemSuiteApplicationSupportCitrixProductionEnvironmentsSolaris

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Top Application Administrator Skills

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain Oracle databases to ensure data reliability and performance.
  • Use PL/SQL for writing triggers, procedures, packages and functions for performing different kinds of functions.
  • Authored standard web server and Internet Information Services (IIS) installation procedures.
  • Provided Microsoft Windows server and Active Directory design and support for the CDC's (Center for Disease Control).
  • Conducted troubleshooting to resolve application issues at the workstation level, following prescribed escalation procedures for higher level technical issues.

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