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Working As A Team Lead System 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

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Team Lead System 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 Team Lead System 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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Highest Team Lead System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Team Lead, Linux System Administrator Echostar Broadcasting Corporation Foster City, CA Nov 02, 2016 $118,117
Team Lead, Linux System Administrator Echostar Broadcasting Corporation Foster City, CA Feb 01, 2015 $94,744 -
$115,000
Oracle System Team Lead, System Administrator Enbridge Employee Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2010 $82,000 -
$100,000
Senior AX Team Leader/Systems Administrator National Material, L.P. Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 15, 2015 $68,931 -
$135,000
Team Lead: SR. Systems Administrator (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Jun 18, 2010 $60,237
Team Lead: SR. Systems Administrator (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Apr 05, 2010 $60,237
Team Lead: SR. Systems Administrator (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Jul 06, 2010 $60,237
Team Lead: SR. Systems Administrator (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Jul 12, 2010 $60,237

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Top Skills for A Team Lead System Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Vmware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and configured an Active Directory Domain Controller.
  • Utilize software and hardware tools and identify and diagnose complex VMware Server working problems and factors affecting system performance.
  • Motivated team for proactive problem identification and plan remediation steps to improve availability and reliability of Customer Infrastructure
  • Performed day-to-day administration functions, backup and restoration, file server maintenance.
  • Implemented 2X Application publishing and Terminal Server load balancing to allow easy and secure remote access.

Team Lead System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

Russian

14.3%

German

14.3%

Arabic

14.3%

Mandarin

14.3%
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Team Lead System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.4%

Western Governors University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Regis University

5.4%

Colorado Technical University

5.4%

Ashford University

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.4%

University of Florida

3.6%

Eastern Michigan University

3.6%

Monmouth University

3.6%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3.6%

Prince George's Community College

3.6%

Southern Virginia University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

National Cryptologic School

3.6%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.6%

Bellevue University

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.0%

Business

18.3%

Information Technology

11.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Information Systems

5.1%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

24.8%

Other

15.1%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.8%
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