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Working As An Information Technology 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

  • $72,049

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology Administrator Career Paths

Information Technology Administrator
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Leader Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Technician 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.5%
Owner 2.3%

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Information Technology Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

79.2%

Female

18.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.8%

French

9.1%

Arabic

6.2%

German

5.5%

Chinese

3.6%

Russian

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Mandarin

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Italian

2.2%

Korean

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Dutch

0.7%
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Information Technology Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Strayer University

6.5%

Western Governors University

5.8%

Colorado Technical University

5.0%

Kaplan University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

George Mason University

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Liberty University

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%

More Tech Institute

3.2%

The Academy

2.9%

Community College of the Air Force

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

Texas A&M University

2.8%

Florida State University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.5%

Information Technology

14.6%

Business

14.5%

Computer Information Systems

12.8%

Computer Networking

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Information Systems

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Computer Systems Security

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.3%

General Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

22.6%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

13.5%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Information Technology Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Systems Admin 4 Blue Coat Systems Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 14, 2015 $129,780
IT Database Administrator Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 11, 2016 $124,093 -
$153,000
IT Systems Administrator III Panasonic Avionics Corporation Lake Forest, CA Mar 16, 2016 $124,001
IT Database Administrator III BB&T Corporation Raleigh, NC Jan 03, 2016 $121,352
IT System Administrator Cohesity Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 30, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
IT Database Administrator Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $120,000
IT Systems Administrator (Lync Architect) Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 04, 2016 $120,000
IT Integration Application Administrator Tory Burch, LLC New York, NY May 26, 2015 $120,000
IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Apr 01, 2015 $115,000
IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Nov 03, 2016 $114,000
IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jul 11, 2016 $114,000
Staff It/Systems Administrator/Infrastructure Middleware Services Qualcomm, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 01, 2016 $113,672 -
$135,000
IT Systems Administrator Bromium Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 18, 2015 $113,050
IT Systems Administrator KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2016 $111,654
IT Systems Administrator II AON Service Corporation Lincolnshire, IL Aug 29, 2016 $95,000
IT Developer/System Administrator Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Dec 31, 2015 $95,000 -
$170,000
IT Infrastructure Administrator Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI May 15, 2016 $95,000
IT Administrator Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 01, 2015 $94,744
IT Administrator Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 08, 2015 $94,744
IT Security Administator Thyssenkrupp Elevator Atlanta, GA Aug 26, 2015 $94,016
Information Technology/Database Administrator Telefonica USA, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 09, 2016 $93,634
IT (Information Technology) Systems Administrator Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. IL Jul 15, 2016 $93,359
IT Systems Administrator Paytronix Systems, Inc. Newton, MA Jul 09, 2016 $74,214 -
$76,000
IT Administrator Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 25, 2015 $74,000
IT Administrator Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc. New York, NY Sep 25, 2015 $74,000
IT Administrator Leeyo Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 02, 2016 $74,000 -
$100,000
IT Administrator Smart Apparel (U.S.), Inc. New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $73,882
IT Systems Administrator Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation Westminster, CA Jan 06, 2016 $72,675

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Administrator

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  1. Computer
  2. Customer Service
  3. Active Directory
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  • Reviewed violation of computer security procedures and discussed procedures with violators to ensure violations were not repeated.
  • Planned, implemented and managed help desk monitoring/tracking system to increase customer service experience and improve IT department productivity.
  • Managed Windows and Active Directory environment with approximately 250 users.
  • Enhanced remote access through installation and configuration various remote access solutions.
  • Troubleshot/Used Windows XP, Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, MS project, Remedy, Adobe Acrobat.

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  4. District of Columbia
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