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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

  • $81,066

    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
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Manager Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.2%
Internship 3.2%
Instructor 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 2.7%

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Information Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

72.7%

Female

25.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

Mandarin

12.5%

Japanese

9.4%

Chinese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Irish

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Catalan

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Arapaho

3.1%
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Information Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

University of Maryland - University College

12.6%

Strayer University

9.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

Ashford University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

American University

4.0%

ECPI University

3.3%

Park University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Capella University

3.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.6%

Ferris State University

2.6%

York Technical Institute

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%

Georgia State University

2.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

University of Delaware

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

18.7%

Computer Information Systems

14.0%

Computer Science

11.6%

Information Technology

10.6%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Information Systems

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Management

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Communication

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Physics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Other

20.1%

Masters

19.4%

Associate

11.9%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%
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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
Information Server Administrator Optum Services, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 13, 2016 $100,110 -
$116,860
System Administrator-IT Oracle America, Inc. Burlington, MA Mar 14, 2016 $100,110 -
$155,743
Authorized Officer, System Administrator/IT UBS AG Stamford, CT Jan 10, 2011 $98,197 -
$110,000
System Administrator/Group Technology IT UBS AG Stamford, CT Feb 01, 2011 $98,197 -
$135,000
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 Nov 21, 2016 $69,846
Senior Laboratory Information System Administrator Rideout Memorial Hospital Yuba City, CA Jun 20, 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

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  1. Computer
  2. Customer Service
  3. Information Systems
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  • Designed, implemented, and monitored microcomputer peer to peer network microcomputer/mainframe network integration and microcomputer based video teleconferencing systems.
  • Improved internal operations' efficiency by automating back-end process and enhanced customer service delivery by creating an Intranet.
  • Sustained information systems results by defining, delivering, and supporting information systems; auditing application of systems.
  • Developed and generated reports for end users, verifying accuracy for all data entry and ensuring consistent procedures were followed.
  • Designed, developed and implemented a corporate transition to a centrally controlled, server environment complete with active directory structure.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Systems Administrators

  1. Maryland
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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
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  8. Massachusetts
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