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Systems Administrator

Ensure the effective performance of a computer network.

What's it like to be a Systems Administrator?

Systems Administrators configure and manage computer systems in a networked setting. They oversee the installation and ongoing management of networks of desktop computers, wireless networks, server systems and other critical networks in a business.

Systems Administrator

Tasks and duties

  • Configuring, maintaining and controlling computer networks.
  • Troubleshooting technical network and server problems and providing technical support.
  • Diagnosing, resolving and documenting server and network issues.
  • Developing and maintaining network records and documentation.
  • Ensuring optimal performance, security and integrity of network.
  • Controlling network access and administration privileges.
  • Performing regular backups of network data.
  • Reviewing current network performance, capacity and capability and determining future network and server needs.
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Systems Administrators are IT experts, responsible for the optimal performance, security and integrity of the system, as well as troubleshooting issues and providing IT support to others. Depending on the size of the organisation they may manage a team of technical staff. They are employed in the IT departments of organisations in a broad range of industries.

What can I earn as a Systems Administrator?

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Systems Administrator roles in AUS were typically advertised between $80k and $110k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Systems Administrator


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It is possible to work as a Systems Administrator without formal qualifications; however, employers may prefer candidates with qualifications in Information Technology. Certifications from industry vendors may also be equally regarded.

  1. Complete a qualification in Information Technology. This could be a Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support) (ICT40120), a Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50118) or a bachelor degree majoring in information technology.
  2. Consider completing additional certifications from industry–recognised vendors in specialisations like A+, Network+ and Server+.
  3. Join the Australian Computer Society (ACS) while studying.
  4. Upon graduation, attain your ACS certification and undergo ongoing CPD.

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Diploma of Information Technology

This VET diploma gives you the general ICT knowledge required in order to provide ICT support in small-to-medium enterprises.

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Bachelor of Information Technology

This degree gives you a grounding in a range of information technology areas and may allow you to specialise in an area of interest.

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Latest Systems Administrator reviews

Latest reviews from 15 Systems Administrators surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
I did not choose this job, but when I took it up, I never looked back. It is challenging but also satisfying.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Automation
The good things
Good things: Flexibility is generally the greatest asset of this job. A fairly good work life balance. Being in technology you have the natural push to be in par with the latest in IT world. Pays wel...
The challenges
The more knowledgeable you are the better you are rated. The better rated you are the more responsibility you are given.
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May 2021
Systems Administration is not meant to be easy neither it is impossible as long as you are persistent and passionate about it
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Software and Information Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Operations
The good things
This role has provided me an opportunity to develop and grow my career to full potential. An opportunity to contribute to a more effective, efficient , safer, more secured environment from which we c...
The challenges
• Developing expertise in planning, organisational and problem solving skills with excellent communication/collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve project goals by meet...
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