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Working As A Systems Administrator Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $95,974

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Administrator Lead 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 Administrator Lead

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 Administrator Lead Career Paths

Systems Administrator Lead
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President/Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Instructor Technical Support Specialist Help Desk Manager
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.2%
Manager 2.1%

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Systems Administrator Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

15.9%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.6%

Portuguese

10.7%

French

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Tamil

7.1%

Japanese

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Systems Administrator Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

University of Maryland - University College

11.8%

Strayer University

7.6%

Community College of the Air Force

6.2%

Western Governors University

5.2%

University of Houston

4.7%

Colorado Technical University

4.7%

Regis University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Villanova University

2.8%

George Washington University

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

American InterContinental University

2.8%

Robert Morris University

2.4%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

2.4%

Bellevue University

2.4%

ECPI University

1.9%

National University

1.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.6%

Business

15.3%

Computer Information Systems

13.5%

Information Technology

12.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Computer Networking

5.1%

Management Information Systems

4.5%

Management

3.6%

Information Systems

3.3%

Project Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Systems Engineering

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Other

19.4%

Masters

18.5%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Systems Administrator Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux Systems Administration Lead Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA May 19, 2014 $145,000
Lead Platform Systems Admin BMC Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2013 $140,000
Lead Systems Administrator CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 19, 2013 $135,087
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Co. (GE Healthcare) Waukesha, WI May 07, 2015 $130,500 -
$133,000
Lead Systems Administrator Velocity Technology Solutions Glendale, AZ Apr 01, 2016 $130,000
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Company Waukesha, WI Jun 08, 2016 $125,000 -
$135,000
Lead Systems Administrator Adept Computer Consultants Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 06, 2016 $120,000
GIS Infrastructure/Systems Administrator Lead Artech Information Systems LLC East Peoria, IL Jun 16, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Company-Healthcare Waukesha, WI Aug 05, 2013 $120,000 -
$130,000
Lead System Administrator The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2016 $119,100
Lead Platform Systems Administrator BMC Software, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 19, 2016 $117,645 -
$169,100
Lead Systems Administrator Yellowpages.Com LLC Glendale, CA Jul 15, 2013 $115,500
Lead Systems Administrator Deloitte Services LP TN Mar 10, 2016 $113,800
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Stamford, CT Feb 05, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Shelton, CT Aug 05, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Stamford, CT Jan 29, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Dublin, CA Apr 22, 2014 $91,125
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Piscataway, NJ Feb 05, 2014 $89,877
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Warren, NJ Aug 23, 2013 $89,877
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited The Woodlands, TX Apr 22, 2014 $89,440
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Houston, TX Jul 10, 2013 $89,440
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Piscataway, NJ May 13, 2016 $79,019
Lead Systems Administrator Webmd, LLC New York, NY Apr 07, 2014 $79,000 -
$118,600
Lead Systems Administrator Adept Computer Consultants, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 03, 2013 $79,000
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Phoenix, AZ Aug 07, 2014 $78,957
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Los Angeles, CA Aug 05, 2013 $78,666
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Danbury, CT Dec 15, 2015 $78,645
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Shelton, CT Oct 05, 2016 $78,645
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Arlington, VA Apr 09, 2015 $78,603

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Top Skills for A Systems Administrator Lead

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer
  3. Active Directory
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  • Sounded familiarity with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista at user level, including user and application installation.
  • Procured computer laptops, servers, software involving close interaction with local vendors/purchasing department via PeopleSoft.
  • Maintained and supported Microsoft Domain Controllers and Active Directory for multiple companies.
  • Interacted on 3rd level support issues involving Network Security, Corporate Exchange and Infrastructure groups resulting in timely problem resolutions/testing.
  • Created and enforced standard operating procedures for maintenance and daily operations of critical systems.

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  5. District of Columbia
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