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Working As An Unix Systems 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Unix Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Unix Systems Engineer
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Unix Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Systems Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Unix Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Linux Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Unix Consultant 2.1 years
Linux Engineer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Unix Systems Engineer
Engineer 3.1%
Consultant 2.1%
Top Careers After Unix Systems Engineer
Consultant 5.1%
Manager 2.8%
Engineer 2.6%

Do you work as an Unix Systems Engineer?

Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Unix Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Unix Systems Engineer in the United States is $95,910 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Unix Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Unix Systems Engineer EBAY, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 27, 2016 $144,104
Unix Systems Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 23, 2015 $118,520
Unix Systems Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2013 $115,000
Unix Systems Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2016 $115,000
Unix Systems Engineer, Technical Operations Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 24, 2012 $114,400
Unix Systems Engineer Experis Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 10, 2012 $112,698 -
$140,873
Unix Systems Engineer, Technical Operations Salesforce.com, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 10, 2013 $110,700
Unix Systems Engineer III The Laclede Group, Inc. Birmingham, AL Nov 01, 2016 $110,000
Unix Systems Engineer-Technical Operations Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 04, 2011 $110,000
Unix Systems Engineer-Technical Operations Salesforce.com, Inc. Herndon, VA Mar 28, 2011 $108,000
Unix Systems Engineer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 20, 2014 $107,515
Unix Systems Engineer Telecommunication Systems Seattle, WA Oct 28, 2015 $106,050
Unix Systems Engineer III Spire, Inc. Birmingham, AL May 16, 2016 $105,000
Unix Systems Engineer III The Laclede Group, Inc. Birmingham, AL Apr 25, 2016 $105,000
Unix Systems Engineer III The Laclede Group, Inc. Birmingham, AL Sep 05, 2016 $105,000
Unix Systems Engineer Sling Media, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 02, 2012 $103,000
Lead Unix Systems Engineer Gap Inc. Groveport, OH May 07, 2015 $101,150 -
$118,000
Unix System Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 03, 2013 $100,000
Unix System Deployment Engineer Epcot Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2015 $95,000
Unix Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Elk Grove, CA Jun 26, 2013 $95,000 -
$115,000
Unix Systems Engineer Delicatessen Services Company LLC Sarasota, FL Mar 31, 2016 $92,374
Unix/Websphere Systems Engineer Rite Pros Inc. Portland, ME Nov 28, 2016 $90,000
Unix Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Austin, TX Sep 14, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Unix Systems Engineer Align Communications Inc. Piscataway, NJ Nov 02, 2009 $80,000
Unix System Deployment Engineer Epcot Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $79,200
Unix Systems Engineer Vypak Corporation Metuchen, NJ Oct 17, 2014 $78,361
System Engineer II-Unix Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jun 25, 2010 $76,000
Unix/Network Systems Engineer Datamart Systems Inc. Hazelwood, MO Jul 10, 2015 $70,000
Unix Systems Engineer AKT, LLC. North Bethesda, MD Apr 02, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Unix Systems Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. Solaris
  3. Veritas
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided continued maintenance and developed of bug fixes and patch sets for existing web applications.
  • Create specification and implementation of Sun Solaris 2.6 hosts in international locations to an international customer.
  • Served as project leader for UNIX and VERITAS projects as directed.
  • Worked in configuring and setup connectivity between web servers, database servers and directory servers as a process server administrator.
  • Deployed and administered the company's first dynamic logical partitioning systems using IBM Power5 and AIX 5.3 based systems.

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  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. Connecticut
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Washington
  6. Texas
  7. New Hampshire
  8. California
  9. Rhode Island
  10. New Jersey
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Unix Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.0%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

8.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

Portuguese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Carrier

12.5%
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Unix Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Eastern Michigan University

11.0%

George Washington University

6.8%

Boston University

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

Wayne State University

5.5%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

American Graduate University

4.1%

California State University - Fullerton

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

Prince George's Community College

2.7%

College of DuPage

2.7%

Champlain College

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.8%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Business

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Computer Engineering

5.9%

Information Technology

5.9%

Engineering

5.2%

Computer Systems Security

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Education

2.8%

Management

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Marketing

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

25.6%

Other

20.6%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.8%
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