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Become A Windows System Administrator

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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

A Windows System Administrator maintains the systems and servers of a Windows operating system. They evaluate and modify the system's performance.

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
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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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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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
Java Application Server Administrator-Websphere Costco Wholesale Corporation Issaquah, WA Aug 04, 2015 $115,000
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 13, 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
Information Server Admin _X0013_ Telecommute Opportunity Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Aug 26, 2016 $80,000 -
$117,000
Application Server Administrator Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Dec 16, 2016 $80,000
Application Server Administrator Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Dec 13, 2016 $80,000
Windows Administrator Sena Info Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $80,000
Windows Administrator Sena Info Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Systems and Application Server Administrator Unify Solutions, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 29, 2016 $80,000
Windows Administrator Niteosoft Inc. New York, NY Nov 25, 2015 $80,000
Applications Server Administrator Infolob Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Dec 22, 2015 $79,800 -
$89,000
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

WindowsServerActiveDirectoryServerHardwareBackupExecInfrastructureDNSVmwareESXDomainControllersSQLServerRemoteWebServersStorageDesktopVirtualMachinesDhcpDataCentersIISTroubleshootOSSetup

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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.

Top Windows System Administrator Employers