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What is a Systems Administrator?

Often referred to as sysadmin, a Systems Administrator is responsible for overseeing and managing computer systems, including servers and networks. They often install and configure new hardware and software, as well as advise on IT policies and system upgrades. They often supervise IT staff and train both IT and non-IT staff.


What should be included in a Systems Administrator job description?

As a crucial member of the IT team, a typical Systems Administrator job description should include, but is not limited to:

  • Install and maintain computer hardware and software
  • Manage technical documentation and user guides
  • Manage data backups and recoveries
  • Maintain essential business tools: email, databases, operating systems, and business applications
  • Maintain servers, and local- and wide-area networks
  • Oversee IT security measures
  • Manage a team of IT staff

Because the field is fast-paced and dynamic, Systems Administrators are required to stay up-to-date on the latest news within their field.


What skills and qualifications should a Systems Administrator have?

A highly technical role, Systems Administrators need to have a high level of IT knowledge. A tertiary education is not required, but demonstrable experience working within systems administration databases, or network administration is highly recommended.

IT certifications including the MSCE, Oracle, Red Hat, and CompTIA Server+ are a plus.

Soft skills should include:

  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Customer service
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration

How much does a Systems Administrator earn?

$70,000 - $110,000

A Systems Administrator salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what a Systems Administrator is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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