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Become A System Technician

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Working As A System Technician

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A System Technician Do

A System Technician maintains information systems and facilitates system utilization. They assemble data sets and other details needed to build databases.

How To Become A System Technician

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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Real System Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Retail Systems and Technology Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 02, 2013 $210,000
Head of Business Systems, Global IT Archway Partnerships, Inc. Norwalk, CT Feb 22, 2016 $195,021
Head of Business Systems, Global IT Archway Partnerships, Inc. Norwalk, CT Dec 09, 2016 $195,021
Head of Systems USA & Emerging Markets, Global IT Archway Partnerships, Inc. Norwalk, CT Dec 09, 2016 $160,181
Egress Systems Technician Task Aerospace, Inc. WA Oct 01, 2014 $156,525
Head of Systems USA & Emerging Markets, Global IT Archway Partnerships, Inc. Norwalk, CT Aug 16, 2014 $149,053
Director Systems Technology .09) Sittercity Incorporated Chicago, IL Sep 07, 2015 $130,000
Employee Systems Technology Lead Apple, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 10, 2013 $130,000 -
$150,000
Systems Associate, IT GDS Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $125,578
Systems Associate, IT GDS Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $125,568
Systems Associate, Global IT Manufacturing and Supply Chain Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ May 12, 2016 $125,000
Technical Systems Anlayst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 26, 2015 $124,000
Manufacturing Execution System Technical Designer Flexware Innovation, Inc. Fishers, IN Feb 09, 2016 $104,350
Analyst Business Systems IT Honeywell International Inc. Morris Plains, NJ Nov 30, 2015 $97,650
Principal Systems Technicians Worleyparsons Group, Inc. TX Nov 05, 2011 $91,749
Systems Technologist Sun Microsystems, Inc. Burlington, MA Apr 07, 2010 $90,000
Collaborative Technology Systems Professional Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ Jan 17, 2011 $90,000 -
$100,000
Systems and Technology Group Forecast Coordinator IBM Corporation Somers, NY Feb 07, 2015 $89,520 -
$139,015
Systems and Technology Group Forecast Coordinator IBM Corporation Somers, NY Dec 20, 2014 $89,520 -
$139,015
Systems Technical Lead Sun Technologies, Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Jul 16, 2015 $87,200
Worldwide Systems and Technology Group Analyst IBM Corporation New York, NY Feb 12, 2014 $81,376 -
$90,020
System Soft Technologies LLC System Soft Technologies LLC Lakeland, FL Aug 29, 2014 $80,000 -
$110,000
System Technologist Motorola, Inc. Westminster, CO Jun 16, 2010 $79,602 -
$106,000
E Systems Technology E Systems Technology Mountain View, CA Dec 10, 2010 $78,471
System Technologist Artech Information Systems LLC New York, NY May 21, 2015 $76,960
Engineer, Systems Technology Department Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Aug 14, 2014 $76,419
Systems/Technical Support Vedicsoft Austin, TX Oct 16, 2012 $73,403

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Top Skills for A System Technician

ComputerHardwareSafetyCustomerServicePCFiberOpticRemoteTestEquipmentPreventativeMaintenanceTechnicalSupportDesktopSupportTroubleShootingSetupActiveDirectoryRadarInternetControlSystemsLan/WanCommunicationsSystemsAccessControlComputerSystems

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Top System Technician Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Safety
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and repaired computer hardware components and telecommunications equipment.
  • Developed Local Command Procedure related to Battery Maintenance Safety and Storage still in use at Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261.
  • Blue print design, permits attained per job, material and labor management, customer service and human resource obligations.
  • Preformed regular system updates on the PCs used for remote dial in through the use of KVMs.
  • Fabricated critical networking cables to include CAT-5 and Fiber optic cables.

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