The results of our network administrators’ career survey brought no huge surprises, but there was a bit of a mystery. When we asked what title best described the next step in admins’ career paths, almost a fourth of the respondents selected the enigmatic “other” category. Although we included a variety of likely titles as answers, we must have left a few out. Take a look at the stats 222 members gave us in our informal survey and tell us which title best describes your next step up the IT ladder.

Professional aspirations
Figure A shows how members responded when asked what title best described their next career step. Not surprisingly, the greatest percentage answered senior network administrator.

A close second, at 24 percent, was the nebulous “other” category. Making a decent appearance in the third spot were the net admin wannabes, followed by the 10 percent who said they’d like to move into a security role.

Figure A

Figure Bshows the breakdown of respondents’ salaries. According to our data, an equal percentage of respondents—39 percent—reported earning below $40,000 or earning between $40,000 and $60,000. While 18 percent said they make between $60,000 and $80,000, only 4 percent said they make between $80,000 and $100,000. None of those surveyed said they make more than $100,000.

Figure B

Perhaps most of those making less than $40,000 are the ones who said their next goal was to become a net admin. Or maybe they haven’t been in the job long enough to work into a higher salary range. As Figure C shows, 39 percent of respondents said they’d been at their job for one to three years, while 24 percent said they’d been at it for three to five.

Figure C

Chain of command
The survey also asked members whom they report to. As Figure D shows, almost half the members surveyed—46 percent—said they report to the IT or IS department manager. The next largest group was the 18 percent who said they report directly to the CEO, followed by the 10 percent who report to some other executive officer.

Figure D

Climbing the ladder

Where is your career headed? Would you have answered “other” in our survey? Send us an e-mail telling us your ideal next job title and how you plan to get yourself promoted.