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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

  • $86,250

    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 jobs

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Windows System Administrator Career Paths

Windows System Administrator
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Vmware Consultant 2.0 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%
Engineer 2.6%

Windows System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

71.4%

Asian

13.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

6.6%

Arabic

6.6%

Cheyenne

4.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Hindi

4.4%

Italian

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

German

3.3%

Korean

2.2%

Greek

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Indonesian

1.1%

Serer

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Braille

1.1%
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Windows System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.4%

Strayer University

9.4%

University of Maryland - University College

6.0%

Western Governors University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Bellevue University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.0%

More Tech Institute

3.0%

Oklahoma State University

3.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.8%

Webster University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Northeastern University

2.8%

ECPI University

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.7%

Computer Information Systems

13.2%

Information Technology

13.0%

Business

12.6%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Computer Networking

6.1%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Management

2.3%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Communication

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.3%

General Studies

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Other

21.5%

Masters

14.6%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.3%
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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
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
Siebel Server Administrator Holland America Line N.V. Seattle, WA Dec 30, 2016 $119,000 -
$129,000
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Oct 01, 2015 $117,313
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 13, 2015 $115,000
Java Application Server Administrator-Websphere Costco Wholesale Corporation Issaquah, WA Aug 04, 2015 $115,000
Advisor, Server Administration Caremark, L.L.C. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 12, 2015 $110,000
Windows System Admin United Software Group Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 12, 2015 $105,000
Citrix Server Administrator Apex Analytix Greensboro, NC Feb 22, 2016 $104,998
Java Application Server Administrator-Websphere Costco Wholesale Corporation Issaquah, WA Sep 14, 2015 $103,000
Windows Administrator IV Oneneck It Services Corporation Scottsdale, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $100,330
Information Server Administrator Optum Services, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 13, 2016 $100,110 -
$116,860
Microsoft Project Server Administrator Adventist Health System Sunbelt Altamonte Springs, FL May 20, 2015 $100,000
Applications Server Administrator Infolob Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Dec 22, 2015 $79,800 -
$89,000
Windows Administrator Niteosoft Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 20, 2015 $79,560
Systems Engineer, Windows Server TWC Administration LLC Charlotte, NC Jul 21, 2015 $77,000 -
$87,000
Windows Administrator IV Rackspace Us Inc. San Antonio, TX Apr 10, 2015 $77,000
Applications Server Administrator Unify Solutions, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 30, 2016 $76,600
Windows Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jun 09, 2016 $76,250
Windows Devops Systems Engineer Systems Analysts Inc. Marlborough, MA Jul 25, 2016 $76,176 -
$104,350
Windows Systems Engineer Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 08, 2015 $69,742
SQL Server Admin II Synergy Technologies, LLC. Jacksonville, FL Aug 08, 2016 $68,500
Server Administrator Skansoft Inc. Rochester, MI Mar 16, 2015 $68,100
Server Administrator Skansoft Inc. Rochester, MI Feb 16, 2015 $68,100
Web Server Admin Talented It, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 24, 2015 $68,000
Server Administrator (Systems Administrator) Krypto It Solutions, Inc. Washington, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $68,000

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Top Skills for A Windows System Administrator

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Top Windows System Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Active Directory
  3. Server Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administer Windows servers for successful backups, system security, and patch management.
  • Managed Active Directory user/group accounts according to Government procedures.
  • Determined server specifications, purchased and deployed all server hardware, operating system and applications according to developed standards.
  • Manage system back-up and recovery solutions, such as Shadow Protect and Backup Exec.
  • Maintained update services for software applications and infrastructure.

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