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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

  • $111,446

    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
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Devops Engineer Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.3%

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Linux Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Female

11.4%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

51.1%

Asian

18.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

7.5%
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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

Mississippi State University

10.9%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

University of Texas at Austin

6.5%

Clark College

4.3%

Bemidji State University

4.3%

Westwood College-Northlake

4.3%

Wayne State University

4.3%

Brigham Young University

4.3%

Morgan State University

4.3%

Trident Technical College

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Norfolk

4.3%

Wake Technical Community College

4.3%

Missouri State University

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

San Diego State University

4.3%

Capital College

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

Montgomery College

4.3%

Tufts University

4.3%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.7%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Information Technology

8.6%

Engineering

6.4%

Business

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Computer Systems Security

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Computer Technical Support

2.7%

Economics

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.1%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.4%

Other

17.5%

Masters

17.1%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.4%
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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 System Engineer Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2014 $120,000
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
Linux Systems Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2013 $115,000
SR. Linux Systems Engineer/Systems Engineer 5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 13, 2014 $115,000 -
$135,000
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

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  1. Linux
  2. Amazon Web
  3. Red Hat
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created a Cacti Performance Monitoring system on RedHat Enterprise Linux Operating System.
  • 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.
  • Provided network administration and systems support in addition to instructing computer classes.
  • Project lead for remote data center consolidation project which resulted in considerable savings in overhead and infrastructure costs.

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