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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

  • $69,000

    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 Career Paths

Information Systems Administrator
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Owner Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
MIS Administrator 3.3 years
Systems Support 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Information Systems Administrator
Internship 3.9%
Consultant 2.9%
Instructor 2.6%
Top Careers After Information Systems Administrator
Consultant 3.8%
Manager 3.6%
Owner 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$54,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Telvent Farradyne, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Daly City, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does an Information Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Systems Administrator in the United States is $69,969 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $90,000.

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 Mar 14, 2016 $100,110 -
$155,743
Information Server Administrator Optum Services, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 13, 2016 $100,110 -
$116,860
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/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
Systems Administrator IT Stryker Orthopaedics Mahwah, NJ Jan 04, 2013 $93,691
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
Management Information Systems Administrator Bella Design Jewelry & Accessory, Inc. North Bergen, NJ Mar 03, 2010 $70,344
System Administrator 2-IT Oracle America, Inc. West Jordan, UT Sep 06, 2013 $70,013
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
Information Systems Program Administrator Ts Techno Services, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 29, 2011 $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

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Top Skills for An Information Systems Administrator

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Information Technology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed Computer Hardware Repair department, completing repairs and replacement of damaged assets.
  • Improved internal operations' efficiency by automating back-end process and enhanced customer service delivery by creating an Intranet.
  • Advised management of key information technology, operational, business flow, and personnel related decision making challenges and proposed solutions.
  • Developed and generated reports for end users, verifying accuracy for all data entry and ensuring consistent procedures were followed.
  • Monitored system event logs to identify Active Directory and group policy conflicts/failures, and took corrective action to resolve problems identified.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Systems Administrators

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

Gender

Male

66.8%

Female

24.7%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Japanese

7.5%

French

7.5%

Chinese

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Irish

2.5%

German

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Catalan

2.5%

Cheyenne

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Arapaho

2.5%
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Information Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.7%

University of Maryland - University College

12.3%

Strayer University

8.3%

Saint Leo University

5.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Capella University

4.4%

American University

3.9%

ECPI University

3.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Ashford University

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%

Florida Atlantic University

2.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%

National University

2.2%

Park University

2.2%

Michigan State University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

18.7%

Computer Information Systems

13.1%

Computer Science

12.5%

Information Technology

12.4%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Information Systems

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Accounting

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Computer Systems Security

2.9%

Communication

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Education

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Finance

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Masters

19.6%

Other

19.2%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.2%
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