A career as a systems administrator

If you want to be an IT expert and keep abreast of all the latest in changing technologies, you should set yourself up for a career as a systems administrator. A systems administrator is essentially an IT expert who is a specialist in overseeing and maintaining computer setups and servers within an organisation. So it’s perfect for you have a keen interest in computer systems.

Systems administrator careers

Systems administrators typically work fulltime as part of a company's IT department and are mainly responsible for maintaining the computer systems and installing, maintaining and upgrading servers. On a day-to-day basis, your career as a systems administrator would involve:

  • Ensuring servers are backed up and server data is secure from unauthorised access
  • Light programming – usually scripting, which involves writing programs to automate tasks
  • Troubleshooting IT systems
  • Performing regular checks to ensure all systems are working fine and up-to-date
  • Administering username and passwords of employees in the system
  • Carrying out data backups and administration
  • Installing and maintaining software updates

Personal skills

Systems administrators are, essentially, problem solvers. So the ability to troubleshoot is a key skill. Your work would involve fixing any and every problem that can happen with the computer – both software and hardware – so you need to be quick to diagnose what's gone wrong and have an effective strategy in place to fix the problem and resolve the outage.

Other important skills you will need include

  • Ability to learn new technologies and implement them successfully
  • Patience
  • High level of communication
  • Adaptability to respond to problems quickly and efficiently

How to become a systems administrator: courses, training & experience

If systems administration is a path you’re considering, a Bachelor degree in a technical subject such as computer science or engineering will help you on your way. You can also opt to kick start your career by taking a practical course in software, hardware or networking, like the Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration at Martin.

Systems administrator career pathways

Systems administrator careers are high in demand but require the relevant amount of professional experience. Technical support roles, such as help desk officer, IT technician and data administrator can get you started and lead to more senior roles as a systems administrator.

Some systems administrators become experts in a particular area and specialise in that area, whereas others are often promoted to a more senior administrator role and then project management roles.

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