What does an IT-Administrator do?

Information technology (IT) administrators maintain a company's IT network, servers, and security systems. They work in a company's IT department and may manage ticket queues and set departmental priorities. They travel to remote sites and customer locations to resolve issues with software and hardware. They oversee organizations’ computer systems, manage IT teams, maintain information systems and networks, upgrade and install new hardware and software, and perform troubleshooting techniques.

IT administrators perform diagnostics tests, debug sand procedures to optimize computer systems and document processing fees. They are responsible for backing up and archiving data and developing data retrieval and recovery procedures. They design and implement efficient end-user feedback and error reporting systems and supervise IT department employees. They remain up to date with advancements and best practices in IT administration and need a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, information systems, or related fields and at least two years of experience in a similar role.

EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

IT-Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,453 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $66K
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an it administrator

When working as an it administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Server 2008, Operating Systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Active Directory, and Configuration.

The most similar professions to it administrator are:
  • It Consultant
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • It Support Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager

The most common qualifications to become an it administrator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.