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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

  • $61,000

    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 Career Paths

System Technician
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Computer Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Hvac Technician Journeyman
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 5.0 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
On-Site Technician 2.4 years
Junior Technician 1.7 years
Top Careers Before System Technician
Technician 11.9%
Cashier 3.4%
Manager 2.9%
Top Careers After System Technician
Technician 10.6%
Owner 3.7%
Manager 3.5%

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System Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

82.1%

Female

10.2%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

Carrier

9.3%

French

5.3%

German

5.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Italian

2.7%

Arabic

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Hindi

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Cherokee

0.4%

Hmong

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%
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System Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

29.7%

University of Phoenix

20.4%

University of Maryland - University College

6.0%

Strayer University

3.6%

The Academy

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

Ashford University

2.8%

Kaplan University

2.8%

ECPI University

2.8%

Central Texas College

2.7%

Universal Technical Institute

2.7%

American InterContinental University

2.7%

A-Technical College

2.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.4%

Western Governors University

2.3%

More Tech Institute

2.2%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

2.2%

American University

2.2%

Bellevue University

2.1%

Park University

2.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

14.9%

Business

14.7%

Computer Science

10.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.9%

Information Technology

8.4%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Computer Networking

5.8%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Management

2.8%

General Studies

2.6%

Aviation

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Information Systems

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.8%

Other

29.1%

Associate

23.4%

Masters

7.3%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a System Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a System Technician in the United States is $61,085 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

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 Katy, TX Nov 21, 2014 $83,900
Fluids Systems Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $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

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Customer Service
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  • Maintain computer hardware/software installation and configuration online documentation.
  • Orchestrated Information Technology preventative maintenance schedule which expedited 840 technological maintenance actions and cut down 280 hours in annual requirements.
  • Trained fellow airmen in customer service plus coordinated and made recommendations to ensure end-user satisfaction.
  • Programmed BCU's, UPCM's, PCM's, to provide the units with the database configuration specifications.
  • Installed, terminated, and tested Cat3, Cat5, Cat6, and fiber optic cabling in small and large-scale environments.

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