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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

  • $97,020

    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 jobs

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Junior Systems Administrator Career Paths

Junior Systems Administrator
Desktop Support Analyst Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.0%
Technician 2.8%
Top Employers After

Junior Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.1%

Female

12.7%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

69.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

12.6%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.0%

French

11.0%

German

7.3%

Hindi

6.1%

Russian

4.9%

Urdu

4.9%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Dutch

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Turkish

1.2%

Tigrinya

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%
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Junior Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

7.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.3%

Strayer University

6.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

Montgomery College

3.9%

Austin Community College

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.4%

Coleman University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

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

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%
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Majors

Information Technology

19.0%

Computer Science

17.9%

Computer Information Systems

15.9%

Business

8.3%

Computer Networking

7.9%

Information Systems

5.1%

Computer Engineering

3.7%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

General Studies

1.2%

Management

1.2%

English

1.2%

Political Science

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Accounting

1.0%

Computer Programming

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.2%

Associate

17.6%

Other

17.3%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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 Sunnyvale, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,042
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited San Jose, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,042
System Administrator Junior Wipro Limited Mountain View, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,042

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Top Skills for A Junior Systems Administrator

WindowsServerComputerHardwareActiveDirectoryDesktopSupportSystemBackupsRemoteDesktopSetupRedhatLinuxTroubleshootEmailAccountsPCVmwareWebServersLaptopsDNSUserAccountsDomainWindowsXPSQLVPN

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Top Junior Systems Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems and Active Directory.
  • Diagnosed and replaced faulty computer hardware components.
  • Set up and administer users with Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange utilizing a 3rd party exchange hosting service.
  • Provide nationwide network and desktop support for 500+ in Windows environment.
  • Maintained a log of all service tickets and system backups.

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