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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
|Senior System Administrator||2||2.72%|
|Information Technology Manager||3||1.87%|
|Senior Systems Engineer||5||1.78%|
|Technical Support Specialist||7||1.38%|
|Information Technology Specialist||8||1.12%|
|Information Technology Consultant||11||1.0%|
|Windows System Administrator||13||0.82%|
|Technical Support Engineer||15||0.64%|
|Information Systems Technician||18||0.6%|
|Director Of Information||19||0.59%|
|Information Technology Technician||21||0.56%|
|Senior Network Engineer||22||0.55%|
|Field Service Technician||25||0.48%|
|Information Technology Administrator||26||0.48%|
|Information Technology Director||29||0.44%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||31||0.43%|
|Linux Systems Administrator||32||0.42%|
|Senior Software Engineer||35||0.37%|
|Information Security Analyst||36||0.37%|
|Desktop Support Technician||38||0.35%|
|Unix Systems Administrator||40||0.34%|
|Information Technology/Support Technician||43||0.32%|
|Senior Systems Analyst||44||0.31%|
|Senior Network Administrator||45||0.3%|
|Technical Support Technician||47||0.29%|
|Senior Linux Engineer||52||0.27%|
|Information Technology Analyst||53||0.27%|
|Help Desk Analyst||54||0.26%|
|Help Desk Specialist||55||0.25%|
|Systems Administrator Lead||60||0.23%|
|Senior Unix Systems Administrator||63||0.21%|
|Information Systems Administrator||67||0.2%|
|Senior Project Manager||69||0.2%|
|Senior Storage Engineer||70||0.19%|
|Desktop Support Specialist||72||0.19%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||74||0.18%|
|Senior Infrastructure Engineer||76||0.18%|
|Senior Support Engineer||82||0.17%|
|Senior Technician Specialist||86||0.17%|
|Customer Service Representative||89||0.16%|
|Information Technology Contractor||91||0.16%|
|Technical Systems Engineer||95||0.16%|
|Information Technology Operations Manager||96||0.16%|
|Technical Support Representative||100||0.15%|