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Working As An Unix 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Unix 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 An Unix 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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Unix Administrator Career Paths

Unix Administrator
Unix/Linux Administrator Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Release Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Solaris System Administrator Unix Systems Administrator Network Technician
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
AIX Administrator Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Engineer
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Operations Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Database Administrator
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior Unix Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Analyst Lead Technician
Senior Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator AIX Administrator Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Unix Administrator 3.0 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.9%
Programmer 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.8%
Engineer 1.8%

Unix Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

83.8%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Asian

20.9%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

6.5%

Black or African American

1.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Chinese

11.8%

French

11.8%

German

5.9%

Malay

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Urdu

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Unix Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.2%

University of Cincinnati

5.2%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

Pace University - New York

3.4%

Montgomery College

3.4%

Boise State University

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.5%

Electrical Engineering

11.9%

Computer Information Systems

10.2%

Business

8.7%

Information Technology

8.0%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Engineering

4.5%

Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Mathematics

1.7%

Management

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Finance

1.1%

Business/Commerce

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.9%

Masters

20.7%

Other

17.6%

Associate

9.5%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Unix Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Backup Administrator/Unix Administrator Core Services Corporation Somerset, NJ May 27, 2016 $142,000
Unix Advisory Administrator Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 23, 2016 $120,000
Unix Administrator The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $118,000
Unix Advisory Administrator Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 21, 2016 $117,645 -
$120,812
Unix Administrator Populus Group LLC Detroit, MI Oct 18, 2016 $108,524
Unix Administrator NCH Corporation Irving, TX Mar 15, 2016 $107,000
Unix Administrator-Red Hat United Guaranty Corporation Winston-Salem, NC Jun 27, 2016 $100,000
Lead Unix Administrator AKT LLC Lewisville, TX Mar 23, 2016 $98,000
Lead Unix Administrator AKT LLC McKinney, TX Aug 03, 2016 $98,000
Unix Administrator Envision LLC Saint Louis, MO Jul 03, 2016 $94,474
Unix Administrator II Snap-On Business Solutions Richfield, OH Nov 15, 2015 $93,984
Unix Administrator Quantum Vision, LLC Washington, DC Aug 31, 2016 $92,310
Unix Administrator II Snap-On Business Solutions Richfield, OH Aug 06, 2015 $89,315
Unix Administrator Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Feb 21, 2015 $88,000
Unix Administrator Shivam Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX May 25, 2016 $74,880
Unix Administrator JNIT Technologies Berlin, NJ May 22, 2015 $74,235
Unix Adminstrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 06, 2016 $73,000 -
$83,000
Unix Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 13, 2016 $72,400 -
$82,000
Unix Administrator Server Management Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 04, 2016 $72,400 -
$82,000
Unix Administrator CNET Global Solutions, Inc. Augusta, ME Jul 29, 2016 $72,000
Unix Administrator Trinity Consulting, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2016 $71,450 -
$120,099
Unix Administrator Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Aug 13, 2015 $70,200
Unix-Hp Administrator Sunrise Systems, Inc. Metuchen, NJ Sep 14, 2015 $65,500
Unix Administrator Global Business Consulting Services, Inc. Warren, NJ Sep 16, 2016 $65,500
Unix Administrator Webilent Technology Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 30, 2016 $65,500
Unix/Solaris Administrator Reliant Vision Group, Inc. Iselin, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $65,333
Unix Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 09, 2016 $65,000
Unix Administrator Webilent Technology Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 18, 2015 $65,000
Unix Administrator Igate Technologies Inc. Lincolnshire, IL Jun 17, 2015 $65,000
Unix Admin Mir Consulting, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Unix Administrator

SolarisLinuxServersVeritasNetbackupHardwareFileSystemWebServerIBMAIXStorageDiskSpaceVeritasClusterServerNFSDatabaseDNSOSSANRedHatRedhatLinuxSetupNISRhel

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Top Unix Administrator Skills

  1. Solaris
  2. Linux Servers
  3. Veritas Netbackup
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared hardware and OS for installation of productions load (AIX &Solaris).
  • Deployed patches and upgraded RedHat Linux servers and SUN servers to their latest versions.
  • Worked efficiently using Veritas NetBackup on development and production servers for backups and restores.
  • Plan and coordinate with 3rd party vendors for firmware upgrade, break fix, hardware and software upgrades.
  • Administer file systems for Oracle database.

Top Unix Administrator Employers