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Working As An Enterprise 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

  • $102,866

    Average Salary

What Does An Enterprise 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 Enterprise 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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Enterprise Systems Administrator Career Paths

Enterprise Systems Administrator
Senior System Administration Manager Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead System Technician Lead Technician Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administration Manager Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead System Technician Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Administrator Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.4%

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Enterprise Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.7%

Female

15.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Mandarin

20.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Enterprise Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Community College of the Air Force

9.6%

Strayer University

9.6%

Western Governors University

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Capella University

5.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.5%

Georgetown University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Montgomery County Community College

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

Syracuse University

2.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.7%

St. Philip's College

2.7%

Johnson & Wales University

2.7%

Wright State University

2.7%

Dover Business College - Clifton

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

19.8%

Information Technology

14.1%

Computer Information Systems

13.0%

Computer Science

12.6%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Networking

5.7%

Management Information Systems

5.0%

Management

3.8%

Accounting

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Finance

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Information Systems

1.5%

Psychology

1.1%

Architecture

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

17.4%

Other

17.4%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Enterprise Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Enterprise Platform Administrator Consumers Energy Company Jackson, MI Jan 11, 2016 $115,000
Enterprise Tibco Administrator Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL May 20, 2013 $115,000
Enterprise Systems Administrator Ehealthinsurance Services, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 06, 2015 $113,048
System Administrator-Enterprise Applications (ERP, CRM) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Nov 12, 2015 $106,600 -
$110,000
Enterprise Asset Management System Administrator Delek Us Holdings, Inc. Brentwood, TN Oct 08, 2014 $101,500
Enterprise Administrator Dominion Resources Services, Inc. Richmond, VA Jul 21, 2016 $99,419
Enterprise Administrator Dominion Resources Services, Inc. Richmond, VA Sep 19, 2014 $93,711
SAP Enterprise Portal Administrator Invista S.À R.L. Wichita, KS Nov 16, 2015 $87,000
Enterprise Administrator Dominion Resources Services, Inc. Richmond, VA Sep 19, 2011 $86,600
Enterprise Administrator Identitymine, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 16, 2012 $85,509 -
$95,000
Enterprise Administrator Identitymine, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 01, 2012 $85,509 -
$95,000
Associate Enterprise Systems Administrator Ehealthinsurance Services, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 07, 2016 $85,000 -
$115,000
Enterprise Systems Administrator Mark Andy Inc. Chesterfield, MO Apr 01, 2010 $83,200
Enterprise Administrator Identitymine, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 16, 2015 $80,785 -
$90,000
Specialist, Enterprise Systems Security Admin Domino's Pizza, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jun 09, 2016 $80,000
Enterprise Services Systems Administrator II Sprint Nextel Corporation Irving, TX Aug 22, 2012 $80,000 -
$90,000
Senior Enterprise Systems Administrator Erie Indemnity Company Erie, PA Oct 01, 2011 $75,000 -
$90,000
Enterprise Systems Administrator Extrius Inc. Plano, TX Oct 14, 2016 $72,301
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Oct 01, 2012 $70,200
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Aug 10, 2015 $67,350
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Feb 09, 2016 $64,200
Enterprise Tool Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Aug 12, 2015 $64,200 -
$67,350
Enterprise Tool Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Aug 23, 2015 $64,200 -
$67,350
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Aug 16, 2015 $64,200 -
$67,350
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Aug 19, 2015 $64,200 -
$67,350
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Sep 17, 2014 $64,200
Enterprise Tools Administrator IBM India Private Limited Moline, IL Sep 12, 2014 $64,200

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Top Skills for An Enterprise Systems Administrator

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Computer
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  • Maintain catalog of IQMS documents detailing standard Active Directory administration tasks and troubleshooting playbooks.
  • Participated in management and migration of data from legacy computer systems to data archival systems.
  • Participated in multiple projects: business application solutions, server systems infrastructure, and business continuity exercises.
  • Maintained 40+ Exchange servers located in Village Data Center as well as the Remote Sites.
  • Maintain backup and recovery operations using CommVault.

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  3. District of Columbia
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  5. Rhode Island
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