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Working As A Program 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

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program 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 Program 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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Program Administrator Career Paths

Program Administrator
Administrator Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Manager Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Manager Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Consultant Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Team Leader General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Team Leader Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Team Leader Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrative Assistant Owner Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrative Assistant Human Resources Manager General Manager
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrative Assistant Human Resources Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Principal Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Supervisor Unit Manager
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Project Manager Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Buyer Account Executive Customer Service Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Buyer Account Executive Senior Sales Representative
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Non-Commissioned Officer Journeyman
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.4 years
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Site Administrator 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Program Administrator
Internship 6.7%
Teacher 4.3%
Supervisor 3.5%
Director 3.4%
Manager 3.4%
Secretary 2.9%
Volunteer 2.9%
Instructor 2.7%
Top Careers After Program Administrator
Consultant 5.9%
Director 4.8%
Manager 4.5%
Teacher 3.5%
Owner 3.5%
Internship 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
UMass Memorial Health Care
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Program Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Administrator in the United States is $62,067 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

Real Program Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Development Program Administrator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Nov 01, 2012 $150,000
Marketing Program Administrator Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 02, 2012 $126,211
Program Administrator III Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $114,400 -
$124,400
Program Administrator Tata Communications (America), Inc. Matawan, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $101,178
Program Administrator Tata Communications (America) Inc. Matawan, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $101,178
Program Administrator III Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Nov 05, 2012 $87,000
Lead Program Administrator World Wildlife Fund Us Washington, DC Oct 21, 2011 $84,100
Program Administrator Americare CSS, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $74,151
Program Administrator La New Times Presbyterian Church Western School Los Angeles, CA Nov 18, 2015 $72,426
Program Administrator World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technolog New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $70,000
Biomedical Equipment Program Administrator Brown MacKie College Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Aug 31, 2015 $70,000
Program Administrator, Amazon Network Initiative World Wildlife Fund Us Washington, DC Mar 15, 2011 $68,000
Database Program Administrator San Diego Sunrise Realty San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2013 $55,786
Program Administrator The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 29, 2013 $55,742
Residency Program Administrator Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $55,000
Research Program Administrator II Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $53,144 -
$86,120
French Language Program Administrator Hands On World Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $52,175
Program Administrator Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Dec 01, 2016 $52,175
Program Administrator Penn Asian Senior Services Philadelphia, PA Sep 11, 2015 $44,720
Program Administrator ASSE International, Inc. CO Apr 11, 2016 $44,678
Theater Program Administrator Long Island Children's Museum Garden City, NY May 09, 2016 $44,390
Program Administrator, Health Services Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Baltimore, MD Feb 12, 2015 $44,017 -
$70,265
Program Administrator Central Michigan University Arlington, VA Nov 14, 2012 $43,000
Program Administrator III Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $42,224 -
$90,601
International Program Administrator W.M. Rice University Houston, TX May 01, 2014 $42,200
Program Administrator Skydive Deland, Inc. DeLand, FL Sep 01, 2015 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Program Administrator

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Data Entry
  3. Program Policies
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  • Functioned as consultant to management and worked closely with all constituents in developing and evaluating program policies and procedures.
  • Provide technical assistance to individual homeless service organizations to assist them in developing program plans and grant applications.
  • Managed rental phone program including marketing, training, inventory management, customer service and billing

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Program Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

62.8%

Male

27.7%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.2%

French

11.0%

Chinese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.2%

German

3.2%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Russian

2.6%

Korean

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Hindi

1.0%

Latvian

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Turkish

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%
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Program Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.3%

New York University

6.5%

Strayer University

5.8%

Walden University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Ohio State University

4.6%

Capella University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Webster University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

Cleveland State University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Florida International University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.1%

Texas State University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Johns Hopkins University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

31.5%

Psychology

6.4%

Social Work

5.8%

Education

4.7%

Management

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Accounting

3.8%

Public Administration

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Educational Leadership

3.4%

Communication

3.4%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Nursing

3.3%

Marketing

3.2%

Political Science

2.8%

Finance

2.6%

English

2.6%

Public Health

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Elementary Education

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Masters

33.2%

Other

15.0%

Associate

6.4%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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