Applications administrators design, install and monitor corporate computer systems. They play a significant role in an organization's decision-making processes because they ensure that operating information is complete and up to date.
An applications administrator works with external vendors and internal applications administrators, ensuring that computer systems meet corporate quality standards and conform to industry practices. The administrator also writes software, enters data or processes information, and communicates with peers, subordinates and departmental management, according to O*Net OnLine.
Qualitative Abilities, Tools and Technologies
An applications administrator must have effective communication skills, computer programming acumen and the ability to analyze systems and determine how these systems can meet client needs, according to O*Net OnLine. To perform duties proficiently, the administrator may use flash disks and object-oriented development software, such as C++ or Java.
Education and Remuneration
Most applications administrators hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems. However, employers may hire candidates with an associate's degree along with practical experience. The career information website Indeed shows that applications administrators earned average annual wages of $78,000 as of 2010.
2016 Salary Information for Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network and computer systems administrators earned a median annual salary of $79,700 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, network and computer systems administrators earned a 25th percentile salary of $61,870, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $102,400, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 391,300 people were employed in the U.S. as network and computer systems administrators.