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SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

A Systems Administrator is first in line to address issues with internet connectivity, email server issues, and other day-to-day computer networking demands within a company or organization. As such, the Systems Administrator must be an expert in the installation and management of the software and hardware used by the organization.

WHAT DO SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS DO?

The daily tasks and workload of a Systems Administrator vary depending on the size of the company and the complexity of the network required to run it. Larger companies may employ several system administrators, each having separate roles such as Database Administrator, Server Administrator, and/or Network Administrator. Smaller companies, however, may rely on just one Systems Administrator to cover all of the company’s computing and networking needs.

The Systems Administrator may also be required to report on the state of the company’s information technology system, advising and educating upper management and lower-level employees on the use and upkeep of hardware and software. He or she may also be responsible for the upgrading of various technologies, as well as budgeting for the department.

This is a position that is vital to support the communications and data transmission internally as well as externally. As most government agencies and private entities rely on computer networks to operate at an optimal level, the Systems Administrator is vital to daily operations. Troubleshooting hardware, software, and networking systems requires information technology expertise that only an educated specialist can supply. Small to medium-sized companies may rely upon their Systems Administrator to oversee network security to prevent cyberattacks and hacking, as well.

WHAT TRAITS MAKE A GOOD SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR?

Systems Administrators must be focused, quick-thinking and able to learn new systems and processes as necessary. It is vital that the Systems Administrator keeps up-to-date with the latest IT developments and advances, and is able to clearly convey technical jargon in layman’s terms.

Logic, reason, and ability to conduct research online and/or to reach out to other IT experts for assistance are also important aspects of being successful in this role.

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