Information technology (IT) administrators manage the day-to-day operations of IT systems to ensure that the systems run effectively. IT administrators work with IT managers to make sure that the computer system provides sufficient computing power to deliver the desired level of business performance.
To become an IT administrator you usually have to complete a VET qualification in information technology or information technology networking. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an IT administrator by studying information technology or computing at university with a major in systems administration, network engineering, network security or software development. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
IT administrators may perform the following tasks:
IT administrators can work in IT-specific industries and other industries requiring IT expertise. With experience, there are opportunities for self-employment or starting your own business.
A database administrator makes sure that the underlying technologies provide users with flexibility in the management, access, retrieval, sharing and configuration of the large amounts of data held by many systems. IT professionals such as senior programmers and analysts will often advance to this position after they have gained some experience with relevant database software solutions.
A network administrator provides operational support and management of a diverse area, covering networks involving the internet and private networks, through to large communication networks within various industries.
A systems administrator maintains and tunes large operating systems that may be acquired from external system developers in the form of mainframe, desktop or mid-range systems.