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Working As A Computer 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer 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 A Computer 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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Computer Administrator Career Paths

Computer Administrator
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Owner Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Support Manager Help Desk Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Center Manager Manager, Center Operations
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Engineering Manager Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Systems Manager Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Computer Engineer 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Computer Administrator
Cashier 5.4%
Designer 3.8%
Programmer 3.5%
Draftsman 3.2%
Top Careers After Computer Administrator
Manager 5.6%
Cashier 4.8%
Owner 3.9%
Consultant 3.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Becton Dickinson and Company
Highest Paying City
Milpitas, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Computer Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Administrator in the United States is $76,303 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Computer Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Piping CAD Administrator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2015 $156,000
JDE CNC Administrator The Honest Company Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $135,000
Senior Computer Administrator Fox Entertainment Group, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2016 $123,909
Piping CAD Administrator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $120,000
Piping CAD Administrator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2016 $120,000
Piping CAD Administrator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 15, 2016 $120,000
Piping CAD Administrator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 07, 2013 $120,000
NET. & Comp. SYS. Admin. (Senior Manager, Practice EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Aug 07, 2012 $113,050 -
$152,950
JDE E1 CNC Administrator Liquidity Services, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Mar 24, 2014 $110,000 -
$120,000
Lead CNC Administrator Wilbur-Ellis Company Seattle, WA Jul 31, 2010 $98,000
Senior JDE CNC Administrator Stewart & Stevenson Houston, TX Apr 30, 2015 $95,000
Plm/Cad Administrator Core Consulting, A Limited Liability Company Thiensville, WI Apr 26, 2016 $83,387 -
$90,000
High Performance Computing (HPC) Administrator University of California, Merced Merced, CA Sep 26, 2016 $82,500
N/Work & Comp. SYS. Administrators Sanpulse Technologies Jersey City, NJ Oct 14, 2011 $72,717
JD Edwards CNC Administrator IBM India Private Limited Mason, OH Apr 25, 2014 $70,500
JDE CNC Administrator Avis Technologies Inc. Tracy, CA Aug 03, 2015 $70,000
Computer Administrator Resurge Solutions LLC Jacksonville, FL Sep 10, 2014 $65,000
Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) Administrator Lg Electronics Alabama, Inc. Huntsville, AL Mar 15, 2010 $62,053
JD Edwards CNC Administrator IBM India Private Limited Mason, OH May 12, 2014 $61,050
Computer Administrator Loganbritton, Inc. Middletown, NJ Jun 12, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000
Computer Administrator Loganbritton, Inc. Middletown, NJ Jun 12, 2010 $60,000 -
$80,000
CNC Administrator Kenai Technologies, Inc. Cumming, GA Sep 16, 2016 $57,346
Computer Administrator Cyberdata Technologies, Inc. Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2010 $50,523

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Top Skills for A Computer Administrator

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. CAD
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed modifications on existing information systems, updating and maintaining documentation for computer hardware and software.
  • Provide electronic and hard copy sets of various CAD drawings to requesting A&E firms and Intel Corp. contacts.
  • Provide outstanding customer service, PC hardware, software, Mobile computing support to over 2000 employees.
  • Maintain inventory database for all computer hardware.
  • Work daily within the scope of Windows XP/7/server 2008 R2.

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Top 10 Best States for Computer Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
  6. Texas
  7. Connecticut
  8. California
  9. North Carolina
  10. Massachusetts
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Computer Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Mandarin

5.3%

Swedish

2.6%

Indonesian

2.6%

Hungarian

2.6%

Nepali

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Malay

2.6%

French

2.6%

Urdu

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Sindhi

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Ukrainian

2.6%

Russian

2.6%
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Computer Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

University of Maryland - University College

7.5%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

Pace University - New York

5.4%

Ashford University

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

4.3%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

Dominican University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

University of Oklahoma

4.3%

More Tech Institute

4.3%

Baker College

4.3%

California State University - Fullerton

3.2%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Sonoma State University

3.2%

Brigham Young University

3.2%

Art Institute of Atlanta

3.2%
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Majors

Business

17.7%

Computer Science

17.7%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Information Technology

7.2%

Drafting And Design

6.6%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Management

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Accounting

2.7%

General Studies

2.2%

Computer Programming

2.2%

Psychology

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Other

21.2%

Associate

17.8%

Masters

13.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.3%
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