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Working As A Senior Linux 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

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Linux 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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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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Senior Linux Engineer Career Paths

Senior Linux Engineer
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Devops Engineer Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Unix/Linux Administrator Linux Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Unix/Linux Administrator AIX Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator AIX Administrator Linux Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Infrastructure Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
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Senior Linux Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Female

10.4%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Asian

25.0%

Unknown

6.4%

Hispanic or Latino

6.3%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

German

25.0%

Japanese

25.0%

Cheyenne

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Senior Linux Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

5.6%

Southeast Missouri State University

5.6%

Bryn Mawr College

5.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

University of Findlay

5.6%

Capella University

5.6%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

5.6%

Purdue University

5.6%

Montgomery College

5.6%

Northern Arizona University

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

3.7%

Auburn University

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

36.0%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Information Technology

10.1%

Business

7.6%

Computer Engineering

7.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Engineering

3.6%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Management

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.1%

Military Applied Sciences

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Masters

19.8%

Other

18.9%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Linux Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Linux Devops Engineer Strike Technologies, LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $250,000
Senior Linux BSP Development Engineer Barnes & Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA Apr 05, 2014 $156,200
Senior Linux Administrator TMC Bonds LLC New York, NY May 16, 2016 $150,000 -
$160,000
Senior Linux Engineer Fresh Direct, LLC Islandia, NY Oct 10, 2016 $145,000 -
$175,000
SR. Engineer-Linux Kernel Voicemail Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 05, 2014 $143,000
Senior Unix/Linux Engineer Manpower Professional Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 28, 2011 $135,655 -
$189,917
SR. Unix/Linux Engineer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Aug 18, 2014 $135,655
SR. Unix & Linux Administrator The Fountain Group Pleasanton, CA Mar 30, 2012 $131,481
SR Linux Devops Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Jul 12, 2016 $125,000
Senior Linux Engineer Fresh Direct LLC Islandia, NY Aug 22, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Sr.Linux Administrator Shibram Banerjee, Inc. Rocklin, CA Jan 07, 2015 $125,000
Sr.Linux Administrator Shibram Banerjee, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 07, 2015 $125,000
SR. Linux Administrator Medical Science & Computing, LLC Bethesda, MD Dec 11, 2014 $124,800
SR. Linux Software Engineer Rightscale, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA Aug 15, 2016 $120,000
Senior Linux Administrator I.S. Mavens Bethesda, MD Oct 04, 2015 $117,351
Senior Linux Software Engineer Shoretel, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 05, 2014 $110,094 -
$130,000
Senior Linux Software Engineer Shoretel, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 30, 2014 $110,094 -
$130,000
SR. Linux Administrator Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2015 $110,000
Senior Linux/Unix Administrator (RED HAT, Suse and Solaris) AON Service Corporation Lincolnshire, IL Mar 15, 2016 $105,000
Senior Linux Engineer Sierra Wireless America, Inc. Newark, CA Feb 16, 2010 $103,000
Senior Linux and Storage Administrator Introlligent Inc. Elk Grove, CA Mar 28, 2016 $97,200
SR. Linux Administrator Quality It Source, LLC East Brunswick, NJ Aug 12, 2015 $96,450
Senior Linux Administrator Hyatt Corporation Chicago, IL May 21, 2015 $92,000 -
$141,500
Senior Linux Administrator CYMA Systems Inc. Manchester, CT Feb 26, 2016 $92,000
Senior Linux Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Nov 28, 2016 $90,000 -
$100,000
Senior Linux Software Engineer HGST, Inc. Boulder, CO Aug 27, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Linux Administrator CYMA Systems Inc. Manchester, CT Aug 28, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Linux Engineer

LinuxServersWebSolarisFileSystemHardwareRedhatLinuxStorageRedHatVmwareESXVeritasFileRhelSANUnix/LinuxVeritasNetbackupNFSWindowsOSDiskVirtualMachinesDNS

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  1. Linux Servers
  2. Web
  3. Solaris
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and configured MySQL and oracle database on Linux servers.
  • Lead Engineer supporting and maintaining a LAMP based web infrastructure hosting over 100,000 users and 80,000 domains.
  • Red Hat Linux and SOLARIS, UNIX utilities, UNIX scripting, understanding of hardware.
  • File system management using LVM, User, Patch and Security Management, Problem determination.
  • Involved in Hardware and software evaluation, recommendation and vendor management.

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