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Working As A Linux Systems Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Linux Systems Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Linux Systems Engineer
Devops Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Developer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Senior Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Senior Technical Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Linux Systems Engineer
Consultant 2.5%
Top Careers After Linux Systems Engineer
Consultant 3.2%
Engineer 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Linux Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Linux Systems Engineer in the United States is $93,891 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Linux Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Linux Systems Engineer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Feb 11, 2016 $157,477 -
$167,477
Senior Linux Systems Engineer The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 02, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior Linux Systems Engineer The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Feb 05, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior Linux Kernel File System Escalation Engineer Vormetric, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 01, 2015 $150,000
Senior Linux System Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Sep 25, 2016 $145,000
Staff Linux Systems Engineer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 12, 2015 $145,000 -
$155,000
Senior Linux Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2014 $144,900
Senior Linux Systems Engineer, Big Data Appnexus Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $135,000 -
$165,000
SR. Linux Systems Engineer ROVI Corporation Boston, MA Oct 19, 2016 $135,000
SR. Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 06, 2015 $132,038 -
$150,000
Linux Systems Engineer Axcient, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 10, 2015 $132,038
Linux Systems Engineer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 03, 2016 $127,500 -
$144,000
Linux Systems Engineer Axcient, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 25, 2013 $125,000
SR. Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Linux Systems Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 30, 2013 $118,000
SR. Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 16, 2012 $116,500
Senior Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Newark, CA May 07, 2012 $116,500
Senior Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 12, 2011 $116,500
SR. Linux Systems Engineer/Systems Engineer 5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 13, 2014 $115,000 -
$135,000
Linux Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2013 $115,000
Systems Linux Engineer Salesforce.com Alpharetta, GA Jan 10, 2015 $114,317
Senior Linux Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 17, 2011 $114,000
Linux Systems Software Engineer-Distributed Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Feb 15, 2013 $109,138 -
$125,000
Unix/Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 05, 2016 $107,000 -
$112,000
Linux Systems Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 11, 2013 $105,000
Linux Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Austin, TX Mar 26, 2014 $105,000 -
$125,000
Embedded Linux-Systems Engineer Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 19, 2016 $100,277 -
$150,000
Linux Systems Devops Engineer Interpro, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 24, 2015 $100,110
Linux Support System Engineer Rackspace Us Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 18, 2013 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Linux Systems Engineer

  1. Linux
  2. Amazon Web
  3. Red Hat
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Documented Linux environment and associated processes and scripts.
  • Installed and maintained Red Hat and Oracle Linux servers running in Amazon Web Services.
  • Support HP-UX 11i, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4,5, and 6 and Windows 2000/2003/2008/2012 Enterprise Server issues related to backups.
  • File System Management on Linux environments.
  • Install, maintain and deployed VMWARE ESX clusters using VSPHERE technology for management of clustered nodes.

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  1. Maryland
  2. California
  3. Virginia
  4. Connecticut
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Washington
  7. Texas
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Rhode Island
  10. New Jersey
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Linux Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.6%

Female

10.0%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.1%

Asian

17.9%

Black or African American

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Unknown

6.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

22.2%

Portuguese

11.1%

French

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Italian

11.1%
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Linux Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Mississippi State University

9.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.9%

Stratford University

5.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

5.9%

Clark College

3.9%

Bemidji State University

3.9%

Westwood College-Northlake

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Morgan State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Trident Technical College

3.9%

Silicon Valley University

3.9%

Cochise College

3.9%

Wake Technical Community College

3.9%

Missouri State University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.2%

Computer Engineering

12.1%

Information Technology

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Business

6.4%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Engineering

6.0%

Computer Networking

3.2%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.2%

Masters

19.4%

Other

17.1%

Associate

9.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%
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