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Working As a Junior Systems Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Systems Administrator 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 Junior Systems Administrator

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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Junior Systems Administrator Career Paths

Junior Systems Administrator
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Field Service Technician Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Network Technician Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Network Technician Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Specialist Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Specialist Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
Systems Support 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Junior Systems Administrator
Internship 4.3%
Technician 2.9%
Top Careers After Junior Systems Administrator
Consultant 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Resource management
Highest Paying City
Annapolis, MD
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Junior Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Systems Administrator in the United States is $61,389 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

Real Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Systems Administrator Certec Consulting, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 21, 2016 $90,000
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Houston, TX Jun 18, 2015 $74,963
JR. System Administrator Placeiq Inc. New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $70,000
JR. System Administrator Placeiq Inc. New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $70,000
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Englewood, CO Jan 06, 2016 $69,181
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Richmond, CA Jan 06, 2016 $67,683
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Alameda, CA Jan 06, 2016 $67,683
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited McLean, VA Aug 08, 2016 $67,288
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Warren, NJ Jun 18, 2015 $66,560
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Stamford, CT Dec 16, 2016 $65,936
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Mountain View, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,042
Junior Systems Administrator Certec Consulting, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 21, 2016 $65,042
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited San Jose, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,042

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Top Skills for A Junior Systems Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Desktop
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Required installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of Windows XP Professional, fiber optic networks and VoIP connections.
  • Updated Knowledge Management database for desktop technicians to ensure up-to-date processes were followed for consistent resolution with known requests and problems.
  • Diagnosed and replaced faulty computer hardware components.
  • Leveraged technology to execute administrative control of windows servers, active directory and group policy.
  • Maintained Windows Enterprise Server performing tasks such as Daily/weekly backup, and analyzed office information systems equipment.

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  4. Montana
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Junior Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.0%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

French

11.0%

German

6.1%

Hindi

6.1%

Russian

6.1%

Urdu

4.9%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Chinese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Tigrinya

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Turkish

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%
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Junior Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

University of Maryland - University College

9.9%

George Mason University

6.0%

University of Houston

6.0%

Strayer University

6.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.3%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Prince George's Community College

4.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Coleman University

3.5%

Austin Community College

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

San Francisco State University

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.6%

Information Technology

18.3%

Computer Information Systems

14.8%

Business

8.8%

Computer Networking

8.1%

Information Systems

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Computer Systems Security

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Management

1.2%

English

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.0%

Education

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Political Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Associate

18.0%

Other

15.7%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.5%
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