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IT Administrator (Information Technology)
|Overview:||Network systems administrators plan and manage computer systems that provide information services to multiple workstations located in different physical sites. They test the hardware and software and monitor system usage to assure rapid and trouble-free service to users.|
|Duties:||They identify what software and hardware is needed to provide information services to persons located at each physical site. They install and test the system components.
They decide what specific hardware and software products to purchase based on user needs, prices, product reliability and the ability to expand the system at the lowest cost.
They monitor network system usage to identify causes of problems. Decide on the best operating procedure to assure rapid, accurate service to users and to prevent and detect "viruses".
Periodically survey system users to assess satisfaction with the system's equipment and services and to find new ways to improve the network. They install new services as needed.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Computer Programming Track
A.S. Mathematics and Science
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Software Track
|Job Outlook:||Employment of IT administrators (Information Technology) is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Demand will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies. The growing reliance on wireless networks will result in a need for many more IT administrators. Those with knowledge of information security also will be in demand, as computer networks transmit an increasing amount of sensitive data.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$35,000 to $42,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||The usual educational requirement is a two-year college associate degree or a technical institute certificate program in either computer science, networking and telecommunications, computer engineering or programming. Courses in network organization and programming are essential.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.