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Working As A Software 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software 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 Software 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
Administrator 3.4 years
MIS Administrator 3.3 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Software Administrator
Manager 6.9%
Assistant 4.0%
Buyer 3.5%
Supervisor 3.0%
Technician 3.0%
Analyst 3.0%
Top Careers After Software Administrator
Consultant 8.2%
Analyst 4.9%
Owner 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Software Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Administrator in the United States is $84,832 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

Real Software Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Administrator Blizzard Entertainment Inc. San Francisco, CA May 26, 2016 $184,104
Software Administrator Bloomberg, LP Princeton, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $147,500
MTS 1, Software Administrator Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2013 $132,084
Software Admin SQA Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 04, 2015 $120,500
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Glendale, WI Dec 09, 2016 $120,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Apr 26, 2016 $115,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Nov 03, 2014 $115,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Feb 24, 2014 $115,000
Infrastructure Software Administrator W. W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Mar 07, 2016 $105,000
Software Administrator Operating System Services Inc. Webster, MA Apr 21, 2015 $105,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Apr 26, 2013 $105,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Aug 01, 2012 $105,000
Software Administrator Operating Systems Services Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Aug 01, 2014 $104,000
Software Administrator Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $100,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Randstad Technologies, LP Houston, TX Feb 13, 2012 $100,000
Software Build Administrator (Systems) Sapphire Technologies, LP Houston, TX Jun 20, 2011 $100,000
Senior Software Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Oct 01, 2015 $95,574
Senior Software Administrator University of Massachusetts Office of The Presiden Shrewsbury, MA Sep 13, 2013 $95,528
Senior Software Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Oct 01, 2012 $93,000
Enterprise Software Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI May 22, 2012 $92,025
Applications Software Administrator Barrington Community Unit School District 220 Barrington, IL Apr 08, 2016 $91,004
Infrastructure Software Administrator W.W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Jul 10, 2016 $83,300
Infrastructure Software Administrator W.W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Jun 17, 2016 $83,300
Network & Computer Software Administrators Techno-Comp Inc. Somerset, NJ Oct 20, 2011 $82,139 -
$88,000
Software Admin Cognos BI Icon Solutions, Inc. Little Rock, AR Oct 02, 2015 $80,000
Unix Software & Hardware Support Administrator Epcot Technologies Inc. Franklin, WI Oct 01, 2014 $79,331
Infrastructure Software Administrator W. W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Dec 01, 2014 $78,585
Engineer Software Administrator Weatherford International, LLC Houston, TX Jun 01, 2014 $74,500 -
$84,500
Software Configuration Administrator USM Business Systems, Inc. High Point, NC Oct 02, 2014 $71,650

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Top Skills for A Software Administrator

  1. Database
  2. Technical Support
  3. SQL
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  • Initiated the certification process by managing database of 500 software owners to begin certification process.
  • Provided installation and technical support to internal customers at local and remote locations.
  • Worked on Various Microsoft Client applications like Office 2003, SQL Server 2000 and MSDE.
  • Research and development of new software applications used by our customers to allow easier accesses to our products.
  • Designated software administrator assigned to monitor and maintain servers and desktop clients in department.

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Top 10 Best States for Software Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. New Jersey
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New York
  8. Washington
  9. Nevada
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Software Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Female

37.6%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

Portuguese

7.7%

Bulgarian

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%
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Software Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.3%

San Jose State University

6.7%

University of Cincinnati

6.7%

Southern Connecticut State University

5.0%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

5.0%

University of Washington

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

Northern Michigan University

5.0%

University of Houston

5.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.0%

Brown University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.3%

Illinois State University

3.3%

Grand Valley State University

3.3%

National Louis University

3.3%

Prairie View A & M University

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.3%

William Woods University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.7%

Computer Science

15.4%

Information Technology

10.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Accounting

4.6%

Management

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Finance

3.5%

English

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

General Studies

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Other

19.1%

Masters

17.3%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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