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Working As A Senior 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

  • $103,342

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Administrator Career Paths

Senior Administrator
Systems Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Staff Accountant Audit Manager
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Network Technician Lead Network Engineer
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrator Project Coordinator Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Administrator Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Manager 2.8%
Secretary 2.7%
Internship 2.6%
Supervisor 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.7%
Manager 5.6%

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Senior Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

53.7%

Male

44.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

French

8.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Arabic

5.8%

Russian

4.2%

Urdu

3.3%

Hindi

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Mandarin

1.7%

Bengali

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

German

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Cherokee

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Lithuanian

0.8%

Dari

0.8%
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Senior Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

33.1%

University of Maryland - University College

6.9%

Strayer University

6.6%

Webster University

4.2%

University of Houston

3.9%

Villanova University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

New York University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.0%

Troy University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Capella University

3.0%

Boston University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

West Virginia University

2.7%

Florida State University

2.7%

Harvard University

2.7%

DePaul University

2.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

33.8%

Computer Science

8.3%

Finance

5.4%

Accounting

5.1%

Management

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

Information Technology

3.7%

Psychology

3.3%

Marketing

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

English

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

21.5%

Other

20.6%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.5%
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Real Senior Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Cassandra Administrator SONY Interactive Entertainment Network America LLC San Diego, CA Oct 05, 2016 $163,000
Hyperion EPM SR. Administrator/Developer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 02, 2016 $152,776 -
$172,776
SR. SOA Administrator J2 Consulting Information Assurance Professionals, Inc. New York, NY Jan 28, 2015 $150,000
Senior Basis Administrator Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 07, 2016 $144,612
Senior Siebel Administrator Dax Software Solutions, Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Jun 08, 2016 $140,000
Senior Hyperion Administrator Vmware, Inc. Snoqualmie, WA Dec 14, 2016 $140,000
SR. BI Netweaver Administrator Becton, Dickinson & Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Mar 02, 2015 $139,913
Senior Basis Administrator Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $136,006
SR. AEM Administrator Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 15, 2016 $135,000
Senior SAP Netweaver Administrator Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Apr 15, 2016 $132,613
Senior Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (Obiee) Administrator Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 23, 2016 $130,000
Senior SAP Netweaver Administrator Becton, Dickinson & Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Mar 02, 2015 $128,750
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource Planning T-Mobile USA, Inc. Frisco, TX May 03, 2016 $115,000
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource Planning T-Mobile USA, Inc. Frisco, TX Mar 05, 2016 $115,000
ERP Senior Administrator Valmont Industries, Inc. Omaha, NE Aug 15, 2016 $115,000
SR. Tool Administrator-Developer Herbalife International of America, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Aug 07, 2015 $113,000
Senior Microstrategy Administrator The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Jul 31, 2015 $113,000
SR. Solaris Administrator Daily News, L.P. Jersey City, NJ Jul 29, 2016 $111,613
Senior Administrator Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Jersey City, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $111,613
Senior Portal Administrator Sedona, Inc. D/B/A/Sedona Technologies Moline, IL Jul 31, 2015 $97,000
Senior BI Platform Administrator Optum Services, Inc. Hartford, CT Feb 10, 2015 $96,075 -
$129,800
SR. Siebel Administrator (Applications Response Analyst) Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Englewood, CO Dec 31, 2015 $95,971 -
$104,000
Senior Platform Administrator V TEK Solutions Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $95,000
Senior Technology Administrator HM Health Solutions, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jul 25, 2016 $95,000
Senior Oracle Enterprise Cloud Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Sep 02, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Senior ETL Administrator Sdilogic, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Feb 02, 2016 $93,870
SR. ETL Administrator Sdilogic, Inc. Irving, TX Jul 14, 2015 $93,870

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  1. Procedures
  2. Windows XP
  3. Data Entry
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  • Received rewards for creating procedures in processing daily transactions in new accounts and reduced monthly systematic asset reconciliation for audit purposes.
  • Engineered Windows XP/7 machines integrating COTS/GOTS software.
  • Supervised four-member Fulfillment department handling data entry, literature distribution, and corporation's customer loyalty program.
  • Worked for an excellent organization, and provided customer service to military and civilian customers via telephone.
  • Installed VeriSign digital certificates on web server domains.

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