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IT Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Conducts administrative tasks designed to ensure a business' IT network, security systems and servers operate efficiently. Includes investigating and diagnosing network problems, configuring and installing updates. Provides first line IT help, sets up new users and manages security, passwords and backups. May collect IT usage statistics and monitor IT usage of business employees.

Job Outlook

There were 183 IT Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4560 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network / Systems Administrator industry, which includes the IT Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new IT Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $74,736.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,702.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for IT Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $58,707.

Education and Experience

Posted IT Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree15%
Bachelor's Degree65%
Master's Degree7%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other13%

Posted IT Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills IT Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (54%)
  • Communication Skills (43%)
  • Problem Solving (30%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (24%)
  • Detail-Oriented (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Technical Support (29%)
  • SQL (21%)
  • Microsoft Active Directory (20%)
  • System Administration (20%)
  • Linux (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Customer Service (17%)
  • Information Systems (15%)
  • Project Management (12%)
  • Oracle (11%)
  • Printers (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Wide Area Network (WAN) (7%)
  • SQL Server (7%)
  • Microsoft PowerShell (7%)
  • Computer Installation and Setup (7%)
  • Application Support (6%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with IT Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • It Administrator
  • Application Administrator
  • Desktop Administrator
  • Hris Administrator
  • Informatica Administrator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most IT Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (70)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (35)
  • Cynet Systems (23)
  • General Dynamics (20)
  • Mantech International Corp. (18)

North Carolina

  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (9)
  • Cynet Systems (4)
  • Accruepartners (3)
  • CGI Group (3)
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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