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Working As A Storage 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

  • $92,731

    Average Salary

What Does A Storage 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 Storage 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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Storage Administrator Career Paths

Storage Administrator
Operations, Senior Specialist Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations, Senior Specialist Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Linux Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Technical Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Storage Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior Storage Engineer
Storage Architect
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Process Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior System Administrator
Unix Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Storage Manager 3.4 years
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Storage Architect 3.1 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Storage Consultant 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.1%
Consultant 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.5%
Consultant 4.0%
Architect 1.9%

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Storage Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Female

12.0%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

49.8%

Asian

19.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

Portuguese

10.5%

French

10.5%

Chinese

5.3%

Vietnamese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Marathi

5.3%

Lithuanian

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Gujarati

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%
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Storage Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Community College of the Air Force

8.4%

San Jose State University

8.4%

More Tech Institute

7.6%

Strayer University

6.9%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Florida International University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

Regis University

4.6%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Boise State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.1%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%

Oklahoma City Community College

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

George Mason University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.5%

Electrical Engineering

14.8%

Business

11.9%

Information Technology

8.1%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%

Education

1.0%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

Computer Programming

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%

Computer Technical Support

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.8%

Other

18.6%

Masters

16.8%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Storage Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Engineer, Database and Storage Engineering Yellowbrick Data, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 01, 2016 $169,008
Staff Engineer, Database and Storage Engineering Yellowbrick Data, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $169,008
Storage Engineer Mpg Operations LLC New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $160,000
Storage Engineer Populus Group LLC Phoenix, AZ Aug 10, 2015 $158,612
Principal Storage Engineer Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Aug 02, 2016 $155,000
Storage Engineer, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 23, 2015 $148,803 -
$168,803
Storage Engineer III Marsh USA, Inc. Westlake, TX May 12, 2016 $142,000 -
$170,000
Storage Engineer III Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. Westlake, TX Mar 28, 2016 $142,000 -
$170,000
Storage Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2015 $140,000
Storage Engineer The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jan 08, 2016 $140,000 -
$145,000
Storage Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 23, 2016 $138,995 -
$140,000
Lead Storage Engineer Thomson Reuters Applications Inc. Eagan, MN Feb 26, 2015 $136,635
Senior SAN Administrator Fox Entertainment Group, LLC Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2016 $135,013
SR. SAN Administrator Infinite Computer Solutions, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 01, 2015 $133,120
Lead Storage Engineer Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC Creve Coeur, MO Dec 17, 2015 $91,972
Storage Engineer Standav Corp. Philadelphia, PA Apr 25, 2016 $91,874
Storage Engineer Standav Corp. F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 05, 2015 $91,874
Principal Storage Administrator EMC Corporation Southborough, MA May 18, 2015 $91,800 -
$124,200
Lead Storage Engineer Rady Children’S Hospital – San Diego San Diego, CA Jul 28, 2016 $91,562
Storage Engineer Standav, Corp F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc. New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $90,831
Storage Administrator Synectiks Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 15, 2016 $90,000
NAS Storage Engineer III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 29, 2015 $90,000
Systems and Storage Administrator DCM Limited Macon, GA May 11, 2015 $71,614
IT Storage Engineer Adient Us LLC Holland, MI Sep 22, 2016 $71,573 -
$106,300
Storage Administrator Callidus Software Inc. Dublin, CA Sep 10, 2015 $70,637 -
$100,000
Storage Engineer Specialist University of Kansas Hospital Authority Kansas City, KS Aug 10, 2015 $70,387 -
$90,000
Storage Engineer Server Management Services LLC Irving, TX Mar 18, 2015 $70,200 -
$80,000
Storage Administrator Standav Corp. F/K/A Cadatasoft, Inc. Plano, TX Jun 12, 2015 $70,138
Systems/Storage Administrator First Consulting Group, LLC Lake Buena Vista, FL Aug 17, 2015 $70,000
Storage Engineer Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Jan 09, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Storage Administrator

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  1. SAN
  2. Windows Servers
  3. Luns
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  • Managed SAN capacity and performance using appropriate reporting & monitoring tools.
  • Managed Project to move all Windows servers off End of Life EMC and NetApp SAN arrays to allow for decommissioning.
  • Provision and allocate devices, LUNS and devices utilizing a variety of software for storage arrays.
  • Document storage infrastructure inventory *Gather requirements, design, and implement solutions to meet customers' needs
  • Assessed implementation options and recommended most appropriate process to client.

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Top 10 Best States for Storage Administrators

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  5. Texas
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