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Working As A Senior 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

  • $114,587

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.2%

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Senior Linux Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.4%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

47.7%

Asian

22.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

6.4%
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Senior Linux Systems Administrator Education

Schools

Eastern Michigan University

6.1%

Purdue University

6.1%

University of Florida

6.1%

National University

6.1%

University of California - Davis

6.1%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

6.1%

University of Delaware

6.1%

San Jose State University

6.1%

Northern Arizona University

6.1%

Tennessee Technological University

6.1%

Old Dominion University

6.1%

Boston University

6.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.1%

Montgomery County Community College

3.0%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.0%

The American College of Commerce and Technology

3.0%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.0%

University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

College of Lake County

3.0%

Wayne County Community College District

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.0%

Information Technology

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Business

7.9%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Engineering

3.2%

Information Sciences

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Psychology

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Geology

1.6%

Music

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Systems Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.5%

Other

19.6%

Masters

9.8%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

1.4%
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Real Senior Linux Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior System Administrator-Linux General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Apr 01, 2016 $180,000
Linux Allocation-Senior Systems Administrator Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 24, 2013 $150,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 12, 2015 $147,800
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Apr 21, 2014 $140,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Genomic Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 08, 2015 $130,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Clairmail, Inc. San Rafael, CA May 28, 2012 $130,000
Senior Linux System Administrator Quinstreet, Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 14, 2011 $125,000
SR. Linux/Unix System Administrator Medical Science & Computing, LLC Bethesda, MD Nov 17, 2014 $120,000
SR. Linux/Unix System Administrator Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Nov 12, 2015 $120,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Nuance Communications, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 10, 2012 $120,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. White Plains, NY May 30, 2011 $120,000
Senior Linux System Administrator Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 10, 2015 $117,645
SR. Linux and Network System Administrator, Techni Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 28, 2011 $117,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator/Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 07, 2014 $113,048 -
$150,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Shared Technology Services Group Boston, MA May 04, 2016 $110,000 -
$115,000
Senior Systems Administrator-Unix/Linux Trinet Hr Corporation Austin, TX Aug 15, 2016 $105,000
Senior Linux/Storage System Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Sep 28, 2013 $103,690
Senior Linux System Administrator Gracenote, Inc. Emeryville, CA Jun 15, 2015 $100,000
Senior Linux/Storage System Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Sep 28, 2012 $96,960
SR. Linux and Network Systems Administrator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Mar 21, 2016 $93,000
Senior Linux/Storage System Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Sep 28, 2009 $90,900
Senior Linux/Storage Systems Administrator University of Massachusetts Shrewsbury, MA Sep 28, 2009 $90,900
SR. Linux System Administrator SIRI Infosolutions Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $90,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Iconsoft Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 30, 2013 $90,000
Senior Linux Systems Administrator Iconsoft Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 11, 2014 $90,000
SR. Linux Systems Administrator Iconsoft Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 23, 2013 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Linux Systems Administrator

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  1. Application Servers
  2. Linux
  3. Web Servers
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  • Installed, monitored and supported Web and Application Servers on Linux environments.
  • Designed policies and standards regarding implementation, security and configuration of all Linux servers.
  • Set up Application, Database & Web servers for the Production Environment and on all other stages like Development and QA.
  • Monitored file systems usage, modifications and deletions using tripwire.
  • Worked with our Cisco UCS team members in junction with Red Hat Inc and Cisco to solve the problem.

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