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Working As An Unix Systems 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

  • $87,813

    Average Salary

What Does An Unix Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Administrator Career Paths

Unix Systems Administrator
AIX Administrator Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
AIX Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Oracle Database Administrator Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 1.9 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.0%

Unix Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.0%

Asian

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

4.6%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.5%

French

20.4%

German

6.1%

Hindi

6.1%

Russian

4.1%

Chinese

4.1%

Cantonese

4.1%

Carrier

4.1%

Dutch

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

Marathi

2.0%

Malay

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Persian

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Korean

2.0%
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Unix Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

University of Maryland - University College

10.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.7%

Strayer University

6.7%

San Jose State University

5.3%

George Mason University

4.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Purdue University

4.2%

National University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

Old Dominion University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

University of Central Florida

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.0%

Business

12.2%

Computer Information Systems

11.4%

Electrical Engineering

8.2%

Information Technology

7.4%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Information Systems

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Engineering

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

20.0%

Other

18.9%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.0%
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Real Unix Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Unix Systems Administrator Teksystems, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Dec 30, 2016 $176,800
MTS 2, Unix Systems Administrator Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 27, 2016 $158,000
MTS 1, Unix Systems Admin EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 11, 2016 $150,000
Mts1, Unix System Admin Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 12, 2016 $148,847
MTS 1, Unix Systems Administrator EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $147,833
Unix System Administrator Staff Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 12, 2015 $139,400 -
$152,365
MTS 1, Unix Systems Administrator Stubhub San Francisco, CA Apr 02, 2016 $134,472
Unix Systems Admin 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 10, 2015 $134,000
Unix Systems Admin 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $125,000
Unix Systems Administrator Randstad Technologies, LP Marlborough, MA May 22, 2015 $121,680
Unix System Administrator The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA May 11, 2015 $118,000
Unix Systems Admin 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2016 $117,645 -
$134,000
IT Unix System Administrator National Student Clearinghouse Herndon, VA Mar 03, 2015 $110,094
Unix Systems Admin 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $107,100
Unix Systems Administrator III Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Newport News, VA May 18, 2015 $85,500 -
$109,000
Unix Systems Administrator Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2015 $85,359 -
$160,359
Unix Systems Administrator Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 18, 2015 $85,000
Unix Systems Administrator Sapphire Software Solutions Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2015 $85,000
Unix Systems Administrator Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 04, 2016 $84,995 -
$159,995
Unix Systems Administrator Emulex Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Jan 26, 2015 $84,825 -
$100,000
Unix Systems Administrator Shivam Infotech, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $84,000
Associate Director, Unix Systems Administrator UBS Financial Services Inc. Nashville, TN Apr 22, 2015 $83,000 -
$105,000
HP Unix/System Administrator Imetris Corporation Saline, MI Aug 12, 2015 $71,739
Unix Systems Administrator Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 01, 2015 $71,418 -
$146,418
Unix System Administrator Infosoft, Inc. Chattanooga, TN Oct 14, 2015 $71,094
Unix Systems Administrator CNET Global Solutions Inc. Catonsville, MD Nov 22, 2016 $70,000
Unix Systems Administrator CNET Global Solutions, Inc. Columbia, MD Oct 01, 2015 $70,000
Unix Systems Administrator CNET Global Solutions, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $70,000
Unix System Security Administrator Arete Systems, Inc. Bloomington, IL Feb 09, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Unix Systems Administrator

ProductionServersSolarisHardwareVeritasNetbackupStorageSystemAdministrationWebServerIBMAIXFileSystemDiskSpaceDatabaseOSDNSNFSSANSetupHp-UxRedHatDisasterRecoveryNIS

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Top Unix Systems Administrator Skills

  1. Production Servers
  2. Solaris
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and maintained console access for remote console and AC power control management of production servers.
  • Provided performance analysis and troubleshooting Provided Sun Solaris operating system and Sun SunFire and Enterprise servers support and maintenance.
  • Assist in the research, evaluation, testing, selection, procurement, implementation and maintenance of new software/hardware/systems.
  • Installed and configured VERITAS Netbackup and configured it as a backup Server and Media Server.
  • Monitored storage usage and allocation.

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