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Working As An Infrastructure 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

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure 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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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.9%
Architect 2.4%
Technician 2.4%

Infrastructure Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

10.8%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

69.1%

Asian

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

5.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Portuguese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Amharic

12.5%

Tigrinya

12.5%

Russian

12.5%
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Infrastructure Administrator Education

Schools

Strayer University

8.5%

University of Phoenix

8.5%

Saint Louis Community College

6.4%

University of Houston

6.4%

Purdue University

6.4%

University of Memphis

4.3%

Itawamba Community College

4.3%

Colby College

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

Northeastern Illinois University

4.3%

Grantham University

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

DeVry University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

University of North Alabama

4.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.4%

Computer Information Systems

15.4%

Business

10.9%

Information Technology

9.7%

Computer Networking

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Information Systems

4.0%

Management

2.9%

Computer Systems Security

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Mathematics

2.3%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Political Science

1.7%

Psychology

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Military Applied Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Other

17.6%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

15.3%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Infrastructure Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infrastructure Administrator/Developer Bloomberg, LP Princeton, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $149,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Sep 07, 2015 $127,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Dec 31, 2014 $126,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Admin Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Aug 31, 2015 $120,000
Hadoop Infrastructure Administrator AIG Technologies, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Apr 18, 2016 $120,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 23, 2015 $118,430
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Feb 20, 2015 $118,430
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 16, 2015 $115,000
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 29, 2012 $115,000
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 16, 2015 $113,850
Senior Infrastructure Administrator Stryker Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 11, 2014 $113,048
Web Infrastructure Administrator Astreya Partners, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2010 $105,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2013 $100,700
Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Oct 30, 2015 $100,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Alexandria, VA Dec 30, 2011 $99,258 -
$129,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Dec 30, 2011 $99,258 -
$129,000
Senior Web Infrastructure Administrator United Guaranty Corporation Greensboro, NC Mar 16, 2016 $99,000
Peoplesoft Infrastructure Administrator USA Waste Management Resources, LLC Houston, TX Sep 29, 2015 $88,670 -
$100,000
Senior Siebel Infrastructure Administrator USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C. Houston, TX Jul 08, 2013 $88,670
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 18, 2015 $87,464
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Feb 27, 2012 $86,154 -
$106,800
Infrastructure Administrator H&K Dallas, Inc. Mesquite, TX Jun 13, 2012 $85,446
Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Infrastructure Administrator Vyshnavi Infotech LLC Herndon, VA Aug 30, 2012 $85,000
Infrastructure Administrator Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. Menomonee Falls, WI Jun 06, 2011 $85,000

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Administrator

WindowsServerMicrosoftActiveDirectoryWebServerSQLSetupDatabaseVmwareESXVPNDisasterRecoveryDesktopTroubleshootDomainLinuxPCSymantecBackupExecSANVirtualMachinesCitrixXenappNetworkInfrastructureDNS

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Top Infrastructure Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Microsoft Active Directory
  3. Web Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in Windows server 2003 and 2008 R2 maintenance, monitoring, equipment failure replacements, and vendor management.
  • Upgraded (NT to 2000 to 2003 to 2008) and maintained Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Configured the App Server, Process Scheduler for Web Server for Production loads by employing different load balancing and failover strategies.
  • Programmed the Andon board Microsoft SQL server adding second shift quality statistics.
  • Created AP, Switch and Router templates for easier setup of new warehouses.

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