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Working As A Systems Administration Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $69,039

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Administration Analyst 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 Systems Administration Analyst

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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Systems Administration Analyst Career Paths

Systems Administration Analyst
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.5%
Analyst 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.6%
Analyst 2.5%

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Systems Administration Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Female

24.8%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Asian

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Mandarin

11.8%

Chinese

8.8%

German

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Afrikaans

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Systems Administration Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

Strayer University

6.3%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

Capella University

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

George Mason University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Temple University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.1%

Walden University

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

Oklahoma State University

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.7%

Business

19.6%

Computer Information Systems

11.3%

Information Technology

10.3%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Management

3.5%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Project Management

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Education

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Masters

22.0%

Other

21.5%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Systems Administration Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Peoplesoft Systems Analyst/Administrator Hire It People, LLC Boston, MA Aug 10, 2015 $150,264 -
$166,960
Systems Analyst III-Epic SAN Administrator AHS Hospital Corp. Morristown, NJ Jul 18, 2016 $127,500
Systems Analyst SAP Administrator RIC Rodenburg Amo, MN Mar 07, 2016 $125,000
Systems Analyst/Great Plains Administrator Graduate Plastics, Inc. Miami, FL May 11, 2015 $120,000
Systems Administrator/Analyst HCL Global Systems Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 22, 2015 $110,611
System Analyst III-Sharepoint Administrator Family Health International D/B/A FHI360 Durham, NC Apr 28, 2015 $104,582
SAS System Administrator/Big Data Analyst Seagate Us LLC Longmont, CO Apr 30, 2015 $103,000
System Analyst III, Sharepoint Administrator Family Health International Durham, NC Oct 01, 2015 $99,000 -
$105,000
Senior Peoplesoft Systems Administrator, Analyst IV Portland General Electric Company Portland, OR Nov 15, 2015 $95,000
Analyst System Admin 4 City of San Antonio Acting By and Through City Public Service Board San Antonio, TX Oct 24, 2016 $92,287
System Administrator/Analyst Cloudgamut, Inc. Savannah, GA May 01, 2015 $86,000
Network & Systems Administrative Analyst S.B.S. America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $85,700
Systems Analyst-Sharepoint Admin Windycity Technologies Inc. Hartford, CT Aug 03, 2015 $85,000
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 30, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 17, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 17, 2015 $66,602
System Administrator/Analyst Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 04, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. Chevy Chase, MD Jun 05, 2016 $66,144
System Analyst/Application DBA Resource Informatics Group, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 28, 2016 $66,000
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC. Niles, IL Sep 10, 2015 $65,083
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC Bridgewater, NJ Sep 27, 2015 $65,083
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $65,083
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC. Jacksonville, FL Sep 10, 2015 $65,083
System Administrator/Infrastructure Support Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 03, 2016 $65,000
System Administrator/Analyst Envirta Technologies LLC Herndon, VA Sep 28, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Administration Analyst

CustomerServiceHardwareDataAnalysisSQLServerActiveDirectoryBackupRemoteWebSystemAdministrationDesktopSupportUnixSetupWindowsServerTroubleshootTechnicalSupportPCWindowsNTLinuxStorageDisasterRecovery

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Hardware
  3. Data Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Orchestrated company-wide Windows 95 upgrade/implementation without compromising customer service.
  • Change Management Administration for the company's hardware/software system changes.
  • Created/modified/debugged COBOL logic to conduct data analysis and data validation on large volumes of project related data on relational databases.
  • Created Data Dictionary using SQL and TSQL to read SQL Server metadata supplementing incomplete documentation.
  • Developed working knowledge and performed daily procedures in MS Active Directory.

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