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Working As An Information 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

  • $69,521

    Average Salary

What Does An Information 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 Information 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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Information Systems Administrator jobs

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Information Systems Administrator Career Paths

Information Systems Administrator
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.8%

Information Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

18.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

75.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

Mandarin

11.0%

Russian

5.5%

German

5.5%

French

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

4.1%

Chinese

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

Cheyenne

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Estonian

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Romanian

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Arapaho

1.4%

Georgian

1.4%

Catalan

1.4%
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Information Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.2%

University of Maryland - University College

7.6%

Western Governors University

6.0%

Strayer University

5.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Liberty University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

San Francisco State University

2.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.8%

Community College of the Air Force

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.8%

George Mason University

2.8%

Ashford University

2.4%

Regis University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Computer Science

14.8%

Information Technology

13.6%

Computer Information Systems

13.2%

Computer Networking

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Information Systems

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

Management

2.8%

Education

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Accounting

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Finance

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Other

22.0%

Masters

16.4%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Information Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
System Administrator-It Oracle America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 14, 2016 $117,645 -
$173,048
Information Systems and Network Administrator Ivalua Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 11, 2015 $117,000
Sap-Datastage (ETL) Administrator-Systems Administration IT AIG Employee Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 26, 2015 $115,000
System Administrator II, IT Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Feb 15, 2012 $110,000
Information System, Client Admin Manager 1-800-Publicrelations New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $106,746
Informations Systems Administrator Courtsense LLC Tenafly, NJ Sep 12, 2013 $104,350
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. CA Mar 30, 2015 $103,813 -
$128,307
Information System Administrator Wisconsin Granite Depot LLC Oak Creek, WI Oct 11, 2016 $100,859
System Administrator-It Oracle America, Inc. Burlington, MA Nov 30, 2015 $100,110 -
$155,743
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 22, 2015 $100,110 -
$112,500
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. Burlington, MA Mar 14, 2016 $100,110 -
$155,743
System Administrator/Group Technology IT UBS AG Stamford, CT Feb 01, 2011 $98,197 -
$135,000
Authorized Officer, System Administrator/IT UBS AG Stamford, CT Jan 10, 2011 $98,197 -
$110,000
Information Systems Administrator Barnes-Jewish Hospital Saint Louis, MO Feb 07, 2016 $93,526
Project Management Information System (Pmis) Admin Catholic Health Initiatives Englewood, CO Aug 06, 2012 $92,000
Project Management Information System (Pmis) Admin Catholic Health Initiatives Englewood, CO Apr 29, 2013 $92,000
Systems Administrator IT Cliecon Solutions, Inc. Mahwah, NJ Feb 23, 2015 $91,458
Information Systems Administrator Barnes-Jewish Hospital Saint Louis, MO Oct 07, 2014 $91,245
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 25, 2015 $90,195 -
$109,812
Systems Administrator IT Cliecon Solutions, Inc. Charlotte, NC Feb 23, 2015 $89,128
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 21, 2016 $88,003 -
$109,812
Information Systems Program Administrator Ts Techno Services, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 29, 2011 $70,000
Computer and Information System Administrator (SOA) Realflex Applications LLC Dublin, CA Oct 12, 2015 $70,000
Computer and Information System Administrator (SOA) Realflex Applications LLC Houston, TX Jun 06, 2016 $70,000
Senior Laboratory Information System Administrator Rideout Memorial Hospital Yuba City, CA Jun 20, 2016 $69,846
Senior Laboratory Information System Administrator Rideout Memorial Hospital Yuba City, CA Nov 21, 2016 $69,846
Information Systems Administrator ACLB2B Corp Agoura Hills, CA Sep 14, 2015 $68,871 -
$73,045
Information Systems Administrator City of Buena Park-Police Department Buena Park, CA Jun 16, 2010 $67,896 -
$86,652
Information Systems Administrator City of Buena Park Buena Park, CA Feb 22, 2011 $67,896 -
$86,652

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Top Skills for An Information Systems Administrator

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Top Information Systems Administrator Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established great customer service and gave prompt solutions as I notified sales representative or connected to an out bound specialist.
  • Helped uninstall computer hardware, network infrastructure, along with security systems from relocated stores.
  • Provided Active Directory support which included account creation/removal GPO object creation and management.
  • Created a backup solution using Backup Exec.
  • Provide desktop support for Windows desktops, including related desktop peripherals.

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