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Windows Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for maintaining the systems and servers of a business' Windows operating system. Includes installing, configuring and supporting Windows based physical and virtual servers and deploying and testing Windows operating systems including virus updates, patches and performance tuning.

Job Outlook

There were 129 Windows Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4500 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Windows 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 $86,884.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,931.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Windows Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,526.

Education and Experience

Posted Windows 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 Degree8%
Bachelor's Degree64%
Master's Degree15%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other12%

Posted Windows 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 years13%
3 to 5 years53%
6 to 8 years20%
9+ years14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Windows 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 (58%)
  • Communication Skills (33%)
  • Microsoft Windows (30%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Planning (18%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Microsoft Active Directory (67%)
  • System Administration (59%)
  • Windows Server (46%)
  • Microsoft PowerShell (40%)
  • VMware (39%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Microsoft Azure (20%)
  • Technical Support (17%)
  • SQL (13%)
  • Hardware and Software Installation (13%)
  • Hardware and Software Configuration (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • System/Network Configuration (7%)
  • VMware vSphere (7%)
  • Citrix (6%)
  • VMware Server (6%)
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) (6%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Host Based Security Systems (5%) – marginal value $2,821

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Windows Systems Administrator
  • Active Directory Administrative
  • Windows Administrative
  • Active Directory 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 Windows Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (212)
  • General Dynamics (134)
  • Northrop Grumman (130)
  • Leidos (82)
  • Jda Tsg (62)

North Carolina

  • Deloitte (8)
  • Infosys (4)
  • SAIC (4)
  • Wells Fargo (4)
  • Microsoft Corporation (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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