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Working As A Windows System 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

  • $78,230

    Average Salary

What Does A Windows System 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 Windows System 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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Windows System Administrator Career Paths

Windows System Administrator
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Database Administrator Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Network Technician Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Field Technician Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.4%
Engineer 3.1%

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Windows System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

84.0%

Female

13.2%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.6%

Arabic

8.3%

Cheyenne

6.3%

German

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Indonesian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Braille

2.1%

French

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Thai

2.1%

Bengali

2.1%
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Windows System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.0%

Strayer University

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.1%

Western Governors University

5.1%

Bellevue University

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

ECPI University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.0%

Community College of the Air Force

3.0%

Regis University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

Northeastern University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

More Tech Institute

2.7%

Mississippi State University

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.3%

Information Technology

13.6%

Computer Information Systems

12.9%

Business

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Computer Networking

6.0%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Communication

1.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%

General Studies

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Other

21.2%

Masters

14.7%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Windows System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Windows Systems Administrator Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $135,000
SR. Windows Administrator Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 30, 2013 $132,080
Windows Systems Engineer Ing Financial Services LLC Totowa, NJ Jan 15, 2016 $125,000 -
$135,000
Windows/Vmware Systems Administrator Artech Information Systems LLC Minneapolis, MN Sep 23, 2016 $124,531
Windows Systems Administrator Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Jun 25, 2014 $120,000
Windows System Administrator Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 06, 2013 $115,300
Windows Systems Administrator Ts Techno Service, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 04, 2014 $110,094
Linux/Windows Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. Austin, TX Apr 22, 2013 $110,000
Windows System Admin United Software Group Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 12, 2015 $105,000
Windows Administrator IV Oneneck It Services Corporation Scottsdale, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $100,330
Windows Administrator DCM Limited Coppell, TX Jan 05, 2015 $97,968
Windows Administrator Resourcesys, Inc. Lake Buena Vista, FL Sep 20, 2014 $90,000
Vmware and Windows Administrator Hilmar Cheese Company Hilmar-Irwin, CA Dec 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
DBA-Windows Administrator Igate Technologies Inc. Somerset, NJ Feb 19, 2014 $75,900
Windows Administrator Infosoft, Inc. Reston, VA Dec 31, 2013 $75,670
Windows Administrator Infosoft, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Oct 02, 2014 $75,670
Windows Admin Team Lead United Software Group Inc. Louisville, KY May 12, 2016 $75,000
Windows & VM Ware Administrator Novisync Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2014 $75,000
Windows & VM Ware Administrator Novisync Solutions, Inc. Wilson, NC Sep 09, 2014 $75,000
Windows Admin Team Lead United Software Group Inc. Louisville, KY Dec 05, 2016 $75,000
Windows/Vm Ware Administrator Novisync, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Nov 07, 2015 $75,000
Windows Administrator Niteosoft Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 12, 2015 $65,000
Windows Administrator Niteosoft Inc. Orange, CA Jun 01, 2015 $65,000
Windows OS Systems Engineer 3I Infotech, Inc. Columbus, OH Mar 18, 2016 $65,000
Windows Administrator Satnam Data Systems Inc. Somerset, NJ Aug 01, 2014 $65,000
Senior Exchange and Windows Administrator Region Technologies, Inc. Little Rock, AR Jul 11, 2016 $65,000
Windows Administrator Amlogix, Inc. San Ramon, CA Oct 22, 2014 $65,000
Windows Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Mar 09, 2014 $64,500
Windows Azure Admin Gooyah Technologies, Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 04, 2016 $64,000

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Top Skills for A Windows System Administrator

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Vmware
  3. Active Directory
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  • Installed and configured Windows XP/Vista operating systems.
  • Used VMWARE on daily basis to create test instances of windows images.
  • Involved in daily Performance monitoring and Active Directory troubleshooting with the ability to analyze server performance and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Determined server specifications, purchased and deployed all server hardware, operating system and applications according to developed standards.
  • Participated in development and maintenance of Disaster Recovery & Backup.

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  2. Virginia
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  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Connecticut
  7. Rhode Island
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