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Working As A System Administrator Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A System Administrator Consultant 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 System Administrator Consultant

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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System Administrator Consultant Career Paths

System Administrator Consultant
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant-Senior System Administrator Senior Unix Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant-Senior System Administrator Senior Unix Systems Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant-Senior System Administrator Senior Unix Systems Administrator Infrastructure Architect
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
Top Careers Before System Administrator Consultant
Consultant 7.2%
Engineer 2.4%
Top Careers After System Administrator Consultant
Consultant 8.5%

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System Administrator Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

76.0%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Russian

16.7%

Portuguese

8.3%

French

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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System Administrator Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Western Governors University

8.3%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

6.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.2%

Queens College of the City University of New York

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.2%

Hudson County Community College

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Regis University

4.2%

Valencia College

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.1%

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.1%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.3%

Business

14.1%

Computer Information Systems

13.1%

Information Technology

10.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Education

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Communication

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Nursing

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

22.9%

Masters

17.3%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$65,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
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$89,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Deloitte
Highest Paying City
Providence, RI
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a System Administrator Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a System Administrator Consultant in the United States is $89,418 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real System Administrator Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
System Administration Consultant Humetis Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2011 $112,698
Systems Administrator Support Services Consultant I AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 20, 2015 $112,000
Systems Administrator Support Services Consultant I AIG Technologies, Inc. Charlotte, NC Feb 22, 2016 $112,000
Engineer Consultant-Systems Administrator Edgecast Networks, Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $105,000
Engineer Consultant-Systems Administrator Edgecast Networks, Inc. New York, NY Aug 18, 2015 $105,000
Engineer Consultant-Systems Administrator Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 10, 2016 $105,000
System Administration Consultant Humetis Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2013 $104,350
System Administration Consultant Humetis Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 01, 2013 $104,350
System Administration Advisor Dell Marketing LP Providence, RI Oct 01, 2012 $99,000
System Administrator/Tech Consultant Infinity Tech Group Inc. Irving, TX Aug 04, 2015 $94,453
System Administrator/Tech Consultant Infinity Tech Group Inc. Irving, TX Oct 03, 2015 $94,453
Middleware Consultant/Systems Administrator CGI Federal, Inc. Durham, NC Apr 23, 2012 $92,500
Consultant-System Administration Mindstream Consulting San Jose, CA Sep 17, 2016 $90,000
Systems Adminitration Consultant Factiva, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Dec 23, 2011 $85,000
System Administration Advisor Secureworks Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 22, 2015 $83,436
System Administration Advisor Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 23, 2016 $81,800
System Administration Advisor Secureworks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 01, 2013 $80,694
Systems Administrator-Citriz Technologies Consultant Ecometics, Inc. Somerville, MA Jan 08, 2016 $76,822
SAP System Administration Consultant Denken Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 15, 2012 $72,800

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Top Skills for A System Administrator Consultant

  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Backup
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and configured new Windows 2003 servers, Active Directory; performed upgrades of laptops, desktops to Windows XP.
  • Backed up Active Directory and restored Active Directory by using primary, normal or authoritative restoration methods.
  • Developed and monitored system backups and modified accordingly.
  • Enhanced call center efficiency by configuring and implementing CTI technology solution inclusive of telephony server and desktop clients.
  • Installed new production servers including setting up digital terminal controllers to facilitate remote access and printers.

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