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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

  • $72,000

    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
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Linux Administrator Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Administrator Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Unix Administrator 3.0 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 2.1 years
Linux Engineer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Unix Administrator
Consultant 3.4%
Programmer 2.7%
Top Careers After Unix Administrator
Consultant 4.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cincinnati Bell
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Unix Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Unix Administrator in the United States is $72,674 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

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 McKinney, TX Aug 03, 2016 $98,000
Lead Unix Administrator AKT LLC Lewisville, TX Mar 23, 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 Server Management Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 04, 2016 $72,400 -
$82,000
Unix Administrator Global Bridge Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 13, 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 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-Hp Administrator Sunrise Systems, Inc. Metuchen, NJ Sep 14, 2015 $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 American Unit, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 23, 2015 $65,000
Unix Administrator Ezenius, Inc. Twinsburg, OH Dec 09, 2016 $65,000
Unix Administrator Veritis Group, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 26, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Unix Administrator

  1. Veritas
  2. Linux
  3. Solaris
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided high availability storage solutions through VERITAS.
  • Managed Information security Compliance activities, Linux server security administration & Monitoring system Performance.
  • Installed and configured Directory Server, Directory proxy on Solaris 10 and Identity Synchronization for Windows.
  • Administered file system/network security, user accounts and backup/restore schemes.
  • Performed Disk mirroring, backup and restore for better data availability and Disaster Recovery.

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Top 10 Best States for Unix Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. Rhode Island
  4. California
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Montana
  7. North Carolina
  8. Texas
  9. Georgia
  10. Connecticut
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Unix Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.0%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

51.2%

Asian

18.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

7.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

18.8%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Urdu

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Unix Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

University of Maryland - University College

8.3%

San Francisco State University

5.7%

Community College of the Air Force

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

Strayer University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.2%

Pace University - New York

3.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.3%

Electrical Engineering

10.0%

Business

9.7%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Information Technology

8.1%

Computer Engineering

5.8%

Engineering

4.9%

Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Management

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%

Business/Commerce

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.4%

Masters

19.7%

Other

16.8%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.7%
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