Become an E-Commerce Administrator

Most of us think of our career as a never ending job, a long-lasting pattern of work. However, a career merely implies specialized growth and development to build skill and expertise over a time period, where one transfers from a beginner to expert within a specific turf.

As the great philosopher Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’m sure most of us think it’s easier said than done. However, in today’s world, where we have ample career choices, doing so may not be that challenging.

One of the most conspicuous professions nowadays is getting involved in E-Commerce. In layman terms, E-commerce is the purchasing and selling of product and services by companies and customers over the internet. Sales over the internet are increasing quickly as the customers take advantage of the relatively lower priced products offered to them. For instance, if you want to buy a pair of shoes, all you need to do is login to an online shoe store, where you will get numerous choices on the designs, sizes, prices etc. making your shopping more easier and convenient!

Since online shopping is one of the most persuasive and viral trends these days, many of us must be wondering who operates and updates these websites every other day. It is the responsibility of an E-Commerce Administrator to manage and oversee the employees who generate, implement and perform the continuous maintenance of the data on an active E-commerce department which includes the merchandise, cost and pricing, the clients and the stock. An E-commerce Administrator plays a key role in maintaining and fulfilling both the content and marketing purposes. The E-commerce administrator’s key duties include the day to day supervision of the website including pricing updates, merchandise data organization and image updates. He communicates and coordinates these changes to the web team. An E-Commerce Administrator is the link between the suppliers, the organization and an active marketing department.

To achieve these goals, the E-Commerce Administrator must develop a strategic plan that is in line with the company’s general mission statement to sell merchandises or services online.

Now, to become an E-Commerce Administrator, one needs certain qualifications and credentials. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, knowledge about internet marketing and information on general management is essential. If the applicant has a strong background in website design, search engine marketing, HTML coding etc. his chances of landing an E-Commerce Administrator position increases. Furthermore, a degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Information Technology or Marketing is ideal.

It may not be as easy as it seems, to become an E-Commerce Administrator. Usually, companies look for applicants with several years of administrative and development experience and skills using Information Technology (IT) systems or the internet in general. To prepare for this post, applicants and aspirants must acquaint themselves with the various E-Commerce business models, HTML coding and contemplate on attaining project development and management or equivalent certificates. Thus, in order to get into this field, undergraduates, freshly graduates and/or internet savvy people need to start gaining knowledge and experience in this field.

As mentioned previously, E-commerce is on the rise and will continue to grow in future. As more and more organizations and businesses instigate online ordering facility, the role of the E-Commerce Administrator is becoming an important part of the corporation’s functioning and success. Earlier, E-commerce was restricted to only business-to-consumer models. However now, business-to-business corporations have begun to consume online purchasing as a convenient and efficient way to nurture their market share.