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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

  • $92,000

    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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Application Systems Administrator Career Paths

Application Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Application Systems Administrator
Consultant 6.7%
Manager 3.1%
Top Careers After Application Systems Administrator
Consultant 7.6%
Manager 4.5%
Developer 3.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kenexa
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does an Application Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Systems Administrator in the United States is $92,477 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

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
Applications and Systems Administrator FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA May 02, 2015 $105,575
SAP 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
SR Application System Admin EMC Corporation Southborough, MA May 07, 2012 $100,000
Application Systems Admin Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Apr 28, 2014 $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

  1. Web Application
  2. Windows XP
  3. Data Integrity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed varying applications including critical 911 call routing and customer provisioning web applications.
  • Worked in assorted environments such as Windows XP, Windows 7, mainframes, and various versions of UNIX.
  • Maintain data files and monitor system configuration to ensure data integrity.
  • Designed, coded, tested, documented and maintained PL/SQL programs/reports and Crystal Reports.
  • Recruited for Application Developer role and promoted to System Administrator position for superior performance.

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Top 10 Best States for Application Systems Administrators

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  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
  6. California
  7. Connecticut
  8. Massachusetts
  9. North Carolina
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Application Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

68.1%

Female

22.0%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

12.6%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

German

15.4%

French

15.4%

Portuguese

7.7%

Greek

7.7%

Cheyenne

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Application Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

Western Governors University

4.9%

Colorado Technical University

4.9%

Bellevue University

4.9%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

Michigan Technological University

3.7%

Bowie State University

3.7%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

Harvard University

3.7%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Regis University

3.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

George Washington University

3.7%

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

3.7%

Cleveland State University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.0%

Business

13.9%

Information Technology

13.0%

Computer Information Systems

9.3%

Management Information Systems

5.8%

Information Systems

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Accounting

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Computer Programming

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Finance

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.6%

Masters

19.6%

Other

14.3%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.4%
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