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Working As A MIS 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

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A MIS 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 A MIS 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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MIS Administrator Career Paths

MIS Administrator
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
MIS Specialist 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.0 years
MIS Assistant 2.7 years
Top Careers Before MIS Administrator
Technician 3.8%
Top Careers After MIS Administrator
Owner 4.1%
Consultant 3.6%

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Top Skills for A MIS Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Customer Service
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain 65 systems with varied Operating Systems including OSX 10.5 through 10.7, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu.
  • Recognized by senior management for outstanding presentation, customer service and leadership skills.
  • Prepared curriculum and trained users on systems and installed Oracle database and applications.
  • Implemented MsExchange Server and Outlook Web Access (OWA) providing remote access to users via web browser and portable devices.
  • Resolved problems and facilitated training session with McKesson Software using wireless capable tablet PCs, resulting in recognition from senior management.

MIS Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

59.0%

Female

30.5%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

Carrier

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

MIS Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.0%

American InterContinental University

10.0%

Central Michigan University

6.0%

Saint Louis Community College

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

University of San Francisco

4.0%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

Austin Business College

4.0%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.0%

Niagara University

4.0%

University of Denver

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Missouri State University

2.0%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.0%

University of Maryland - University College

2.0%

US Army Armor School

2.0%

University of Alabama

2.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.0%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Computer Science

11.6%

Computer Information Systems

11.6%

Information Technology

6.4%

Accounting

5.8%

Information Systems

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Project Management

3.5%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Management

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Finance

2.3%

Political Science

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Masters

23.1%

Other

19.4%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

2.8%
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