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Working As A Linux 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

  • $78,186

    Average Salary

What Does A Linux 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 Linux 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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Linux Administrator Career Paths

Linux Administrator
Unix/Linux Administrator AIX Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Release Engineer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Service Desk Analyst Problem Manager
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
AIX Administrator Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Unix/Linux Administrator Linux Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
AIX Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Senior Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.2%
Top Employers After
Engineer 2.5%
Consultant 1.4%

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Linux Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

83.0%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

42.2%

Asian

28.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

9.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

16.7%

Portuguese

8.3%

Greek

8.3%

German

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Latvian

8.3%

Dakota

8.3%
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Linux Administrator Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

10.1%

University of Central Missouri

8.9%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

Southern Arkansas University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Georgia State University

5.1%

Stratford University

5.1%

Northern Illinois University

5.1%

Wright State University

3.8%

Auburn University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Arizona

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.1%

Electrical Engineering

14.5%

Information Technology

11.1%

Computer Information Systems

7.1%

Computer Engineering

6.1%

Engineering

5.7%

Business

5.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Computer Networking

2.7%

Management

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Mathematics

1.1%

Physics

1.1%

Information Systems

1.1%

Criminal Justice

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.0%

Masters

19.4%

Other

15.7%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Linux Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux SYS Admin Trulia Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $125,000
Linux Administrator AES Servics, Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 21, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Linux Administrator Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 03, 2016 $110,032
Linux Administrator Flextrade Systems, Inc. Great Neck, NY Aug 31, 2016 $105,000
Linux Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Indianapolis, IN Mar 10, 2016 $100,000
Linux Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 09, 2016 $100,000
Aix/Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 01, 2016 $95,100 -
$105,000
Linux Administrator Numit Technologies LLC Woonsocket, RI Nov 04, 2016 $95,000
Redhat Linux Administrator Genesis Corp Dallas, TX Aug 26, 2015 $94,000
Linux Administrator Populus Group LLC San Jose, CA Sep 22, 2016 $93,915
Linux Administrator Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Jul 28, 2015 $92,248
Linux Administrator Adroit Resources Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 17, 2016 $90,000
Linux Administrator Epitec, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 16, 2015 $85,280
Linux Administrator Salesforce.Com Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 17, 2016 $74,547
Linux Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ May 18, 2015 $73,920
Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 08, 2016 $72,400 -
$82,000
Linux Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX May 10, 2016 $72,400 -
$83,000
Linux Administrator TEK Signature LLC Berkeley Lake, GA Sep 15, 2016 $71,500
Linux Admin Glaman Tech, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 08, 2016 $71,000
Linux Administrator Growth 2.0 LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 02, 2015 $70,000
Linux Administrator Advanced Knowledge Tech, LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 26, 2016 $70,000
Aix/Linux Administrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. NJ Jun 21, 2016 $65,500
Aix/Linux Adminstrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jun 23, 2016 $65,500
Aix/Linux Administrator Reliant Vision Group Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jul 26, 2016 $65,500
Linux Administrator Aita Consulting Services, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Jan 06, 2016 $65,333
Linux Administrator Jonam Systems Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Linux Administrator Corporate Computer Solutions LLC Washington, DC Sep 21, 2015 $65,000
Linux Administrator Corporate Computer Solutions LLC Washington, DC Sep 20, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Linux Administrator

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  1. Linux
  2. Web Servers
  3. File System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in migration cut over meetings, build and deploy Linux hardware Nodes to host several KVM templates.
  • Performed installation, configuration, and maintenance of web servers, application servers, and database servers on Linux server.
  • Convert the File systems ext3 to ext4 and understand the uses of Ext4 file system in Linux with kernel version 2.6.28.functionally.
  • Administered Backup and Restore operations using Veritas NetBackup 5.1.
  • Experienced as Red Hat Enterprise Linux administrator and migrated 29 games from physical to virtual (P2V) environment.

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