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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

  • $71,000

    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
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Desktop Support Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Support 2.7 years
Support Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Systems Administration Analyst
Consultant 3.4%
Programmer 2.8%
Analyst 2.4%
Top Careers After Systems Administration Analyst
Consultant 6.2%
Analyst 3.1%

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Systems Administration Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.5%

Mandarin

10.5%

Chinese

7.9%

German

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Italian

5.3%

Urdu

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

French

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Afrikaans

2.6%
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Systems Administration Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.0%

Strayer University

8.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.8%

Capella University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.3%

Webster University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%

Georgia State University

2.9%

Walden University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

Kaplan University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Oklahoma State University

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

20.8%

Computer Science

19.5%

Computer Information Systems

11.5%

Information Technology

9.8%

Information Systems

4.5%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Management

3.2%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Education

1.6%

General Studies

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Computer Systems Security

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

22.3%

Other

19.9%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Systems Administration Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Systems Administration Analyst in the United States is $71,349 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

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
System Analyst/System Administrator Source Consulting, LLC PA Aug 01, 2015 $85,000
System Administrator/Analyst Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 04, 2015 $66,602
Systems Analyst/Administrator Galaxy Software Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 17, 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 Apr 27, 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 Sep 30, 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. Irvine, CA 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. Niles, IL Sep 10, 2015 $65,083
Systems Analyst/Administrator Active Enterprise Solutions, LLC. Jacksonville, FL Sep 10, 2015 $65,083
System Administrator/Analyst Envirta Technologies LLC Herndon, VA Sep 28, 2016 $65,000
Systems Administrator/Infrastructure Support Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 09, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Administration Analyst

  1. Customer Service
  2. Database
  3. Windows XP
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  • Incorporated previous experience with claims analysis and customer service to maximize output and productivity.
  • Performed daily administration functions including monitoring and proactively tuning Oracle databases through OEM grid control.
  • Designed and developed the image and procedure to migrate all workstations from mixed environment to standardized Windows XP desktop operating environment.
  • Develop, Enhance and Automate PL/SQL database procedures to help alleviate user tasks.
  • Provided technical support to IT staff and technical users in analyzing system malfunctions and recommending corrective action.

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