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Working As An Unix Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $88,138

    Average Salary

What Does An Unix Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Unix Engineer
Senior Linux Engineer Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Senior Unix Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Unix Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Unix Administrator Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Linux Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Engineer Senior Linux Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Engineer Unix Systems Administrator Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Engineer Unix Systems Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Unix Engineer 3.0 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 2.4%
Consultant 1.9%
Engineer 1.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%
Engineer 4.2%

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Unix Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.2%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

51.1%

Asian

18.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Portuguese

11.1%

Vietnamese

11.1%

French

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Urdu

11.1%
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Unix Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

New York University

7.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

3.9%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

3.9%

Marygrove College

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Grantham University

3.9%

Wichita State University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Towson University

3.9%

University of Northern Iowa

3.9%

Tidewater Community College

3.9%

South Dakota State University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Business

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.2%

Information Technology

7.7%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Project Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Mathematics

2.7%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Finance

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Military Applied Sciences

0.9%

Computer Applications

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

22.7%

Other

18.0%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Unix Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Unix Engineer Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 02, 2016 $138,445
Senior Unix Engineer Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 29, 2016 $128,669
Unix Patch Engineer Resource Logistics, Inc. Weehawken, NJ Apr 30, 2015 $125,000
Senior Unix Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $115,000
SR. Unix Engineer Artech Information Systems LLC McLean, VA Jan 08, 2015 $115,000 -
$125,000
Unix Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 09, 2012 $113,000
Senior Unix Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Aug 02, 2010 $110,000
Hp-Ux Unix Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 01, 2011 $110,000
Unix Engineer Precision Global Consulting, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Apr 05, 2010 $108,000
Unix Engineer III Delta Dental of California Rancho Cordova, CA Jan 31, 2016 $103,730 -
$125,000
Unix Engineer III Delta Dental of California Rancho Cordova, CA Aug 14, 2011 $103,615 -
$134,780
Unix Engineer II Delta Dental of California Rancho Cordova, CA Dec 12, 2014 $92,700 -
$119,700
Unix Engineer II Delta Dental of California Rancho Cordova, CA May 24, 2010 $91,600 -
$118,000
Unix Engineer II Delta Dental of California Rancho Cordova, CA Jan 31, 2013 $91,600 -
$118,000
Principal Unix Engineer Group Health Plan, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jan 01, 2015 $90,640 -
$135,960
Unix Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Chevy Chase, MD Oct 18, 2011 $90,000 -
$100,000
Unix Engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute Chevy Chase, MD Feb 16, 2010 $90,000 -
$100,000
Unix Engineer Valsatech Corp Rockville, MD Oct 17, 2016 $70,013
Unix Engineer Digital Itechnology LLC Twinsburg, OH Sep 17, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Valsatech Corp New York, NY Aug 24, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Digital Itechnology LLC Town and Country, MO Sep 16, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Valsatech Corp Rockville, MD Sep 13, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Digital Itechnology LLC Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Digital Itechnology LLC Madison, WI Sep 15, 2016 $70,000
Unix Engineer Digital Itechnology LLC Bothell, WA Sep 18, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Unix Engineer

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  1. Linux
  2. Solaris
  3. Storage
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  • Build over 300 Linux servers and migrated applications and data to them as part of the MROC move.
  • Provided Architectural and Engineering guidance for creating additional Solaris Zones for the database teams Golden Gate database replication software.
  • Establish strategies for storage consolidation, centralization, and optimization to reduce downtime and costs while improving security and storage performance.
  • Lead on the initial Client/Server computer room consolidation.
  • Managed backup, recovery, and archival functions utilizing VERITAS Netbackup software.

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  4. Washington
  5. District of Columbia
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