These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Systems Administrators

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former systems administrators are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a systems administrator nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a systems administrator isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become systems administrators in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many systems administrators no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former systems administrators to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former systems administrators:

  1. Systems Engineer
  2. Senior System Administrator
  3. Information Technology Manager
  4. Network Administrator
  5. Senior Systems Engineer
  6. Network Engineer
  7. Technical Support Specialist
  8. Information Technology Specialist
  9. Consultant
  10. Network Technician

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a systems administrator would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former systems administrators to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former systems administrators:

  1. Information Technology Manager
  2. Network Engineer
  3. Information Technology Specialist
  4. Network Technician
  5. Information Technology Consultant
  6. Technical Support Engineer
  7. Engineer
  8. Director Of Information
  9. Information Technology Technician
  10. Senior Network Engineer

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Systems Administrators

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed systems administrator under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a systems administrator, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former systems administrators.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Systems Administrators

Job Title Rank %
Systems Engineer 1 3.96%
Senior System Administrator 2 2.72%
Information Technology Manager 3 1.87%
Network Administrator 4 1.83%
Senior Systems Engineer 5 1.78%
Network Engineer 6 1.65%
Technical Support Specialist 7 1.38%
Information Technology Specialist 8 1.12%
Consultant 9 1.12%
Network Technician 10 1.12%
Information Technology Consultant 11 1.0%
Systems Analyst 12 0.87%
Windows System Administrator 13 0.82%
Project Manager 14 0.82%
Technical Support Engineer 15 0.64%
Engineer 16 0.61%
Software Engineer 17 0.61%
Information Systems Technician 18 0.6%
Director Of Information 19 0.59%
Administrator 20 0.58%
Information Technology Technician 21 0.56%
Senior Network Engineer 22 0.55%
Team Leader 23 0.53%
Computer Technician 24 0.48%
Field Service Technician 25 0.48%
Information Technology Administrator 26 0.48%
Business Analyst 27 0.47%
Storage Administrator 28 0.46%
Information Technology Director 29 0.44%
Technical Consultant 30 0.44%
Information Technology Project Manager 31 0.43%
Linux Systems Administrator 32 0.42%
Owner 33 0.42%
Vmware Administrator 34 0.39%
Senior Software Engineer 35 0.37%
Information Security Analyst 36 0.37%
Manager 37 0.36%
Desktop Support Technician 38 0.35%
Database Administrator 39 0.34%
Unix Systems Administrator 40 0.34%
Senior Engineer 41 0.33%
Senior Consultant 42 0.33%
Information Technology/Support Technician 43 0.32%
Senior Systems Analyst 44 0.31%
Senior Network Administrator 45 0.3%
Operations Manager 46 0.29%
Technical Support Technician 47 0.29%
Analyst 48 0.28%
Technician 49 0.28%
Technical Analyst 50 0.27%
Program Manager 51 0.27%
Senior Linux Engineer 52 0.27%
Information Technology Analyst 53 0.27%
Help Desk Analyst 54 0.26%
Help Desk Specialist 55 0.25%
Infrastructure Engineer 56 0.25%
Linux Administrator 57 0.25%
Solutions Architect 58 0.24%
Software Developer 59 0.24%
Systems Administrator Lead 60 0.23%
Data Analyst 61 0.22%
Lead Technician 62 0.22%
Senior Unix Systems Administrator 63 0.21%
Senior Analyst 64 0.21%
Desktop Engineer 65 0.2%
Security Engineer 66 0.2%
Information Systems Administrator 67 0.2%
Field Engineer 68 0.2%
Senior Project Manager 69 0.2%
Senior Storage Engineer 70 0.19%
Web Developer 71 0.19%
Desktop Support Specialist 72 0.19%
Senior Manager 73 0.18%
Quality Assurance Engineer 74 0.18%
Specialist 75 0.18%
Senior Infrastructure Engineer 76 0.18%
Systems Manager 77 0.18%
Support Specialist 78 0.18%
Service Engineer 79 0.18%
Sharepoint Administrator 80 0.18%
Application Engineer 81 0.17%
Senior Support Engineer 82 0.17%
Architect 83 0.17%
Field Technician 84 0.17%
Senior Technologist 85 0.17%
Senior Technician Specialist 86 0.17%
Owner/Operator 87 0.17%
Operations Engineer 88 0.17%
Customer Service Representative 89 0.16%
Devops Engineer 90 0.16%
Information Technology Contractor 91 0.16%
Network Manager 92 0.16%
Systems Architect 93 0.16%
Programmer Analyst 94 0.16%
Technical Systems Engineer 95 0.16%
Information Technology Operations Manager 96 0.16%
Vice President 97 0.15%
Securities Analyst 98 0.15%
Information Engineer 99 0.15%
Technical Support Representative 100 0.15%

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