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Working As An Associate System 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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate System 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 Associate System 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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Associate System Administrator Career Paths

Associate System Administrator
Systems Engineer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Specialist
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Technician
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Operation Technician Network Operations Center Supervisor
Network Operations Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Vice President
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Engineer Security Engineer
Senior Security Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Security Engineer
Senior Security Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Analyst Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist
Supervisor, Technical Support
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Technical Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Associate System Administrator
Internship 3.0%
Top Careers After Associate System Administrator
Consultant 4.7%

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Associate System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

26.3%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

Japanese

15.4%

French

15.4%

Filipino

7.7%

German

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%

Dakota

7.7%

Korean

7.7%
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Associate System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.6%

University of Maryland - University College

9.5%

Strayer University

6.8%

Regis University

6.8%

George Mason University

6.8%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Western Governors University

4.1%

Georgia State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Saint Louis Community College

2.7%

University of Connecticut

2.7%

University of Florida

2.7%

Syracuse University

2.7%

ECPI University

2.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

2.7%

Central Texas College

2.7%

Bunker Hill Community College

2.7%

Champlain College

2.7%

Wright State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

16.6%

Computer Science

14.7%

Computer Information Systems

13.4%

Information Technology

12.1%

Information Systems

8.1%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

19.9%

Other

16.7%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Associate System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Associate Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Apr 09, 2015 $128,667
Associate-Systems Administrator BOOZ Allen Hamilton Rockville, MD Jul 23, 2015 $109,221
Associate System Administrator-Application Development (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Jan 14, 2016 $106,600 -
$110,000
Senior Associate, Tax & Systems Administrator Time Warner Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$105,000
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Seattle, WA Jun 15, 2015 $78,686
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 11, 2015 $73,333
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Frankfort, KY Apr 27, 2015 $71,312
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Irvine, CA Mar 25, 2015 $67,400
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Montvale, NJ Jun 15, 2015 $67,395
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 22, 2016 $67,000
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Groton, CT Aug 23, 2016 $66,851
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $66,518
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $66,518
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Reston, VA Mar 28, 2016 $60,549
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Reston, VA Aug 15, 2016 $60,549
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 21, 2015 $60,121
Associate Systems Administrator Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Yonkers, NY Mar 15, 2016 $60,112
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Overland Park, KS Jun 18, 2015 $60,000
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation White Plains, NY Jul 01, 2015 $60,000
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Richfield, OH Aug 18, 2015 $60,000
Systems Associate Mphasis Corporation Houston, TX Mar 04, 2015 $60,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Associate System Administrator

Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Morgan Stanley
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does an Associate System Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate System Administrator in the United States is $72,164 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $100,000.

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Top Skills for An Associate System Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Customer Service
  3. Computer Hardware
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  • Experienced with Windows XP/2000 administration, desktop/laptop software and hardware configurations.
  • Collaborated with senior/technical staff in diagnosing and resolving problems that impact customer service and availability.
  • Installed, modified and made minor repairs to microcomputer hardware and software systems.
  • Administer all Active Directory management adhering to Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
  • Provided 1st and 2nd level technical support for over 4000 Microsoft Windows NT, 98, 2000 clients.

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