As Salesforce has grown exponentially over the years, the ecosystem we have created has become much bigger than Salesforce itself. We estimate that Salesforce and its ecosystem of customers and partners will create 1 million jobs and generate $859 billion in GDP impact globally by 2022.
Through this growth within the ecosystem new careers have become possible. There are now business analysts, implementation consultants, developers and admins that have built their career on the Salesforce platform — and have been amazingly successful in the process.
While these positions have made lots of people from all walks of life successful, the positions are still relatively new within the traditional job market. And sometimes hard to explain to people outside of the space!
Looking at the Salesforce Admin role specifically, professionals are not only pioneering successful careers as Admins, they are redefining what it means to be an admin!
So, what is a Salesforce admin? A Salesforce Administrator is a business leader, deeply knowledgeable about how their company operates, intertwined in making all departments successful through process automations, and thus, integral to running a smooth & lean business.
So what do Salesforce Admins do?
Salesforce Admins work hard to fight inefficiency and champion productivity. They create awesome tools on any device – like easy to use dashboards, intelligent workflows and apps for any project.
Admins keep Salesforce users trained and educated, solve complicated business problems and keep projects moving forward. A Salesforce Admin delivers creative solutions – making Salesforce users happier and the business smarter!
They love to help their team be efficient and on top of things.
What is the Salesforce Administrator profession market?
Salesforce Admins are in high demand. Companies, especially in the US, are realizing the potential and value Salesforce Admins bring and are making serious human capital investments. Over the last 12 months, there were over 3240 job openings in the US at a growth rate of 34%.
The average salary of an Admin (in 2014) was $88,230 and the average required number of years of experience: 2-5.
Salesforce Admins come in many different forms and each of their career stories is unique. Check out our #ButtonClickAdmin Podcast to hear some of these amazing stories.
How do you develop a Salesforce Admin career?
While many Salesforce Admins started out by ‘falling into it,’ the role often becomes career defining. And, it’s now easier than ever to get Salesforce administrator training with tools like Trailhead, the Admin webinar program, and the amazing people in the success community.
For prospective Admins, the salesforce administrator training and certification is often the first step. As a widely recognized and accepted representation of an Admin’s skills it has become a standard requirement when hiring an Admin.
With this growing demand for Admins, it’s clear just how important they have become. As one successful Admin has put it: “Salesforce administration is no longer an "accidental" career — it is a desired profession.” -Tal Frankfurt, Computerworld