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Working As A Linux 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

  • $85,322

    Average Salary

What Does A Linux 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 Linux 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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Linux Systems Administrator Career Paths

Linux Systems Administrator
Software Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Infrastructure Analyst Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Engineer
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Operations Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Oracle Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Vmware Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior Support Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator AIX Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Senior Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator 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 2.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.1%
Consultant 1.7%

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Linux Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.0%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

47.6%

Asian

19.2%

Black or African American

12.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Unknown

8.1%
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Languages Spoken

French

15.2%

Spanish

15.2%

German

6.1%

Turkish

6.1%

Cantonese

6.1%

Japanese

6.1%

Hindi

6.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Cherokee

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Kannada

3.0%

Gujarati

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Afrikaans

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Thai

3.0%

Cheyenne

3.0%
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Linux Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

University of Maryland - University College

8.7%

Strayer University

8.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.7%

Montgomery College

6.0%

George Mason University

5.4%

Howard University

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.4%

Prince George's Community College

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Howard Community College

4.0%

Texas Tech University

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Bowie State University

3.4%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.4%

Brigham Young University

2.7%

The Academy

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.3%

Information Technology

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Business

6.7%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Engineering

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Information Systems

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Chemistry

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.2%

Physics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.3%

Other

17.8%

Masters

15.8%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Unix/Linux Systems Admin 1-800-Flowers.Com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Nov 20, 2013 $159,299
Linux Systems Administrator Jbcconnect Ca LLC Oakland, CA Aug 18, 2016 $138,264
Linux Systems Administrator IMVU, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 24, 2014 $130,000
Linux System Administrator Xaxis, Inc. New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $125,000
Linux Systems Administrator Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 04, 2013 $125,000
Unix/Linux Architect-System & Storage Administrato OSI Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $125,000
Linux System Administrator Salesforce.Com San Mateo, CA Aug 05, 2015 $125,000
Linux System Administrator Salesforce.Com Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 29, 2016 $120,390
Linux Systems Administrator Proofpoint, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2014 $115,830
Linux Systems Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 27, 2016 $112,530
Linux Systems Administrator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 26, 2015 $111,509
Linux Systems Administrator National Public Radio, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 07, 2014 $110,000
Linux Systems Administrator National Public Radio Inc. Washington, DC Sep 09, 2015 $110,000
Linux Systems Admin III Wal-Mart Associates Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 10, 2014 $110,000
Linux Systems Administrator Sling Media, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 15, 2014 $90,000
Linux Systems Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Jan 09, 2016 $90,000
Unix/Linux Systems Administrator Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Apr 01, 2015 $89,669
Linux Systems Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 25, 2016 $88,795
Linux System Administrator Klntek Pasadena, CA Sep 23, 2015 $87,000
Linux System Administrator TEK Leaders, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 24, 2016 $87,000
Aix/Linux System Administrator Server Management Services LLC Irving, TX Jun 16, 2016 $85,900 -
$95,000
Linux System Administrator Realsoft Technologies, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jul 12, 2016 $72,000
Linux Systems Administrator Apptricity Corporation Irving, TX Jun 24, 2016 $72,000
Linux System Administrator Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $72,000
Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 13, 2015 $71,660
Linux Systems Administrator II-Strategic Accounts Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 23, 2015 $71,660
Unix/Linux System Administrator ADAP.TV, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 11, 2013 $70,849
Linux Systems Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. Omaha, NE Sep 19, 2016 $70,000
Linux Systems Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. Houston, TX May 12, 2014 $68,600

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Top Skills for A Linux Systems Administrator

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  1. Linux
  2. Vmware
  3. Veritas Netbackup
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  • Mentor other systems administrators in engineering, installation, configuration, testing and Administration of Linux servers.
  • Modified the MONDO backup shell script to upload backup to data store through VMWARE API.
  • Install and configure VERITAS NetBackup versions 5x and 6x client on all server installation and server builds.
  • Administered Linux servers for several functions include managing Apache web servers, mail server and firewalls in both development and production.
  • Involved in preparation of technical design specifications, installation and configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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