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Working As A Data Center Operator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $77,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Center Operator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Data Center Operator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Data Center Operator Career Paths

Data Center Operator
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Associate Director Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Center Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Data Center Technician Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Operator 3.3 years
NOC Operator 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 4.7%

Data Center Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

75.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.5%

French

6.1%

Cheyenne

6.1%

Mandarin

6.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Romanian

3.0%

Dutch

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Serer

3.0%

Persian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Italian

3.0%
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Data Center Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

New York University

5.9%

Strayer University

5.9%

Western Governors University

5.2%

Drexel University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

Austin Community College

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

College of Lake County

3.0%

College of DuPage

3.0%

DePaul University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Computer Science

17.2%

Computer Information Systems

11.4%

Information Technology

9.9%

Computer Networking

6.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Management

4.4%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Programming

2.6%

Accounting

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Finance

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

General Studies

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

28.1%

Associate

16.8%

Masters

12.1%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Data Center Operator

CustomerServiceHardwareProceduresVeritasNetbackupInfrastructureOff-SiteStorageUnixDisasterRecoveryMainframeTroubleTicketsFiberLinuxTechnicalSupportSLADataCentersVmwareHvacAs/400ActiveDirectoryAssetManagement

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Top Data Center Operator Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Hardware
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Team lead - 24/7 customer service team covering all issues impacting data center operations including Monetary Severity One Issues and Break/Fix.
  • Provided operational support and delivery for systems hardware and peripherals.
  • Developed and maintained policies and procedures for systems management and operations.
  • Worked as Veritas Netbackups Administrator, Tape Library Management.
  • Maintained financial accountability for all infrastructure, equipment, and costs associated with third party vendor agreements.

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