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Working As An Operating Systems Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operating Systems Specialist 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 An Operating Systems Specialist

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Systems Support 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Operating Systems Specialist
Operator 4.5%
Manager 3.9%
Specialist 3.4%
Top Careers After Operating Systems Specialist
Consultant 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Operator 3.8%
Owner 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$73,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NBC Studios Inc.
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Operating Systems Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Operating Systems Specialist in the United States is $73,183 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Operating Systems Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Specialist-Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Jun 20, 2015 $91,499 -
$107,940
Systems Specialist Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Jul 10, 2015 $91,499 -
$104,280
Systems Specialist, Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Sep 25, 2015 $91,499 -
$117,060
Systems Specialist Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Oct 07, 2015 $91,499 -
$104,280
System Operations Specialist HSF Affiliates, LLC Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $90,000
Systems Operations Specialist Bwise Internal Control, Inc. New York, NY Feb 08, 2016 $90,000 -
$100,000
Global Operations Processes and Systems Senior Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2015 $84,200
Systems Specialist-Operations Analysis Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Jan 22, 2016 $82,243 -
$107,920
Systems Specialist, Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 26, 2016 $82,243 -
$105,160
Senior Operations & Systems Specialist Tufts University Somerville, MA Feb 22, 2016 $81,016
Business Operations Specialist, Quality Systems Unical Aviation, Inc. Industry, CA Jul 17, 2014 $80,000
Systems Specialist-Sales Operations Hughes Network Systems LLC Germantown, MD Jun 22, 2015 $77,002
Systems Specialist-Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Dec 25, 2014 $76,627 -
$112,860
Systems Specialist-Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Sep 24, 2014 $76,627 -
$112,860
Master, Systems Specialist OPS Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Oct 08, 2015 $75,000 -
$104,000
Operating System Specialist Wand Corp Eden Prairie, MN Jan 03, 2011 $75,000
Senior Operations & Systems Specialist Tufts University Medford, MA Jul 21, 2014 $72,000
Specialist, Systems Operations Reebok International Ltd. Canton, MA Jun 27, 2013 $72,000 -
$75,000
Business Operations Specialist, Quality Systems Unical Aviation, Inc. Industry, CA Jul 17, 2011 $70,000
Systems Specialist, Ecommerce OPS Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology, Inc. Johns Creek, GA Aug 29, 2016 $68,682 -
$105,160
System Operations Specialist Fellowes, Inc. Itasca, IL Feb 03, 2012 $68,434

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Top Skills for An Operating Systems Specialist

  1. Windows XP
  2. Recovery Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform troubleshooting and maintenance of a MS Windows XP/7 Professional Server Operating System and server hardware.
  • Followed recovery procedures escalating to appropriate database administration support or applications development for recovery.
  • Provided customer service to internal and external customers while distributing high precedence message traffic and providing good customer relations.
  • Resolved computer hardware and software, printing, installation, word processing, email and operating systems issues.
  • Performed Data Entry for Work Management Information.

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Top 10 Best States for Operating Systems Specialists

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. Delaware
  4. Alaska
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Jersey
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Operating Systems Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

64.0%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

French

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Vietnamese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Russian

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Operating Systems Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Community College of the Air Force

9.7%

University of Texas at Austin

7.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Excelsior College

4.3%

Park University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Capella University

4.3%

Nova Southeastern University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Rose State College

3.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.2%

University of Richmond

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

American Public University System

3.2%

Texas State University

3.2%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

Broward College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Computer Science

14.7%

Information Technology

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Management

3.7%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Project Management

3.3%

Communication

2.7%

Computer Systems Security

2.7%

Nursing

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Other

20.2%

Masters

16.6%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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