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Working As An Application Systems 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

  • $89,250

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Systems 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 Systems 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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.9%
Technician 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Manager 3.5%

Application Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

22.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

71.6%

Asian

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

16.7%

Greek

16.7%

Cheyenne

16.7%

French

16.7%
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Application Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Bellevue University

7.5%

Colorado Technical University

7.5%

Harvard University

5.7%

Iowa State University

5.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

5.7%

Central Washington University

3.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.8%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.8%

Miami University

3.8%

Champlain College

3.8%

Bowie State University

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.4%

Information Technology

13.4%

Business

12.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.1%

Management Information Systems

4.8%

Accounting

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Applications

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Management

2.7%

Computer Technical Support

2.7%

Engineering

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Psychology

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

23.0%

Other

16.9%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Application Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Applications System Administrator Masco Administrative Services, Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Jun 14, 2011 $135,655
Principal Applications Systems Administrator American Tower Corporation Marlborough, MA Feb 15, 2016 $133,777
Oracle Applications System Administrator IV Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 18, 2013 $120,000
BI System Administrator and Application Developer Discovery Communications, Inc. Silver Spring, MD Jan 03, 2011 $118,000
SR. Webmethods Application Systems Administrator U.S. Bank National Association Avon, IN Aug 26, 2016 $110,160
Application Systems Administrator U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Aug 24, 2015 $110,000
Web Applications & Systems Administrator Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 20, 2015 $110,000
Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Dec 01, 2016 $108,742
Oracle Applications Systems Administrator IV Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Aug 20, 2014 $106,000
SAP Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA May 02, 2015 $105,575
Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA May 02, 2015 $105,575
SAP Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Oct 16, 2014 $101,816
Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA May 03, 2012 $100,000
SR Application System Admin EMC Corporation Southborough, MA May 07, 2012 $100,000
Applications Systems Administrator Montgomery College Rockville, MD Apr 01, 2015 $95,742
Oracle Applications Systems Administrator IV Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Mar 02, 2015 $95,520
Weblogic Applications System Administrator NCS Pearson, Inc. Austin, TX May 23, 2014 $95,082
Weblogic Applications System Administrator NCS Pearson, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 13, 2014 $95,082
Applications Systems Administrator SR. U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Aug 16, 2016 $94,609
Applications System Administrator Revitas, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Apr 06, 2016 $93,179
Applications System Administrator Masco Contractor Services, Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Oct 15, 2010 $93,100
Applications System Administrator Masco Administrative Services, Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Oct 15, 2010 $93,100
Applications Systems Administrator Montgomery College Rockville, MD Apr 01, 2012 $85,280
Application System Administrator I-Many, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 19, 2011 $85,134
Application System Administrator Revitas, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 06, 2012 $85,134
Applications System Administrator Revitas, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 04, 2013 $85,134
Applications Systems Administrator SR. U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Aug 16, 2013 $84,232
Senior Application System Administrator EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Sep 15, 2011 $83,393
Applications Systems Administrator SR. U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Aug 16, 2013 $83,231
Senior Application System Administrator EMC Corporation Westborough, MA Nov 22, 2010 $83,117

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Top Skills for An Application Systems Administrator

WindowsServerWebApplicationsDataIntegritySQLServerHardwareSystemAdministratorProceduresBackupUnixActiveDirectoryTroubleshootDesktopSetupLinuxApplicationSystemsVmwareTechnicalSupportProductionEnvironmentsSolarisFinancial

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Top Application Systems Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Web Applications
  3. Data Integrity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Selected and managed installation of HP EVA4400 storage array and production servers utilizing Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
  • Develop Intranet and Extranet web applications using Ektron Content Management System.
  • Maintain data files and monitor system configuration to ensure data integrity.
  • Managed upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and migration to Windows server 2008.
  • Managed the continued innovation of these systems, including the deployment of software builds and patches as well as updated hardware.

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