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IT System Administrator

Find out how to become an IT administrator and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an IT System Administrator is $84,500 - 105,000 annually

What does an IT Administrator do?

IT administrators ensure the smooth running of computer and network systems. Their job role is wide ranging and can include both hardware and software responsibilities.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of an IT Administrator?

IT administrators maintain the network, servers and security systems of organisations. They are responsible for installation, testing and troubleshooting.

  • Making IT system recommendations in line with client requirements
  • Suggesting and implementing improvements for existing IT systems
  • Engaging in routine configuration and installation tasks
  • Troubleshooting problems with computer networks
  • Setting up new user accounts and overseeing passwords and security measures
  • Ensuring that back up systems are in place

How to become an IT Administrator

It's possible to pursue the career pathway of IT Administrator without any formal qualifications, however, employers may prefer candidates that have certifications in information technology.

We recommend studying a ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support) or ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology as these qualifications are highly regarded for the career pathway.

Quick facts

Working as an IT administrator gives you the opportunity to interact with computers whilst combining creative thinking and information gathering to solve problems.

Employment for IT Administrators is set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 50,500 in 2020 to 60,500 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information Technology
  • Job Growth
    Set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 50,500 in 2020 to 60,500 by 2025. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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