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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

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 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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System Technician jobs

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System Technician Career Paths

System Technician
Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Service Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
System Technician 4.0 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Computer Networker 2.9 years
Bench Technician 2.8 years
Data Technician 2.7 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
MIS Technician 2.7 years
Technician 2.6 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
On-Site Technician 2.4 years
Server Technician 2.1 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Junior Technician 1.6 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 10.5%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.3%
Owner 3.0%

System Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Female

12.4%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.8%

Carrier

9.5%

French

6.0%

German

5.5%

Italian

3.0%

Korean

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Hindi

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Cherokee

0.5%

Luganda

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%
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System Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

27.6%

University of Phoenix

20.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

Strayer University

4.3%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.1%

A-Technical College

2.9%

ECPI University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.7%

Troy University

2.5%

Liberty University

2.5%

American University

2.5%

Universal Technical Institute

2.5%

Full Sail University

2.3%

Central Texas College

2.3%

Western Governors University

2.3%

Columbia Southern University

2.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.2%

Grantham University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

14.8%

Electrical Engineering

14.0%

Computer Science

11.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.4%

Information Technology

8.7%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Management

3.0%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

General Studies

2.6%

Communication

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Aviation

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Project Management

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.5%

Other

29.2%

Associate

22.3%

Masters

8.6%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real System Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Egress Systems Technician Task Aerospace, Inc. WA Oct 01, 2014 $156,525
Technical Systems Anlayst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 26, 2015 $124,000
Technologist, Systems Integration Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Jul 07, 2014 $110,000
Principal Systems Technicians Worleyparsons Group, Inc. TX Nov 05, 2011 $91,749
Systems Technologist Sun Microsystems, Inc. Burlington, MA Apr 07, 2010 $90,000
Technologist, Systems Administration Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Dover, NH Oct 21, 2010 $89,000 -
$154,000
Fluids Systems Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $83,900
Fluids Systems Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Katy, TX Nov 21, 2014 $83,900
Technician, Cloud Systems Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Nov 30, 2016 $83,741
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
Systems Technologist Commdex Consulting, LLC Tempe, AZ Jul 06, 2011 $65,000
Systems Technologist Commdex Consulting, LLC Tempe, AZ Jul 07, 2010 $65,000
Operating System and Information Technology Analys California State University, Northridge Los Angeles, CA Sep 21, 2012 $60,996
MEG Systems Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Mar 15, 2014 $57,065
MEG System Technician Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Mar 15, 2011 $54,856
Production System Technician Newriver, Inc. Andover, MA Oct 01, 2010 $53,000
Automation Systems Technician Saehaesung Alabama, Inc. AL Feb 18, 2016 $52,645
Automation Systems Technician Seohan Auto USA Corporation Auburn, AL Jul 17, 2015 $50,294
Contols Tech Foreign Automation System Prime Tool, LLC Madison, AL Dec 01, 2012 $50,000
Systems Technician Candlelight Draperies, Inc. San Clemente, CA May 16, 2010 $50,000 -
$120,000
Embedded Systems Technologist Smart AG, LLC Ames, IA Jan 06, 2016 $48,800

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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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