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.
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.
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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How to become a Systems Administrator
- Complete a qualification in Information Technology. This could be a Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies (ICT20115), a Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50118) or a bachelor degree majoring in information technology.
- Consider completing additional certifications from industry–recognised vendors in specialisations like A+, Network+ and Server+.
- Join the Australian Computer Society (ACS) while studying.
- Upon graduation, attain your ACS certification and undergo ongoing CPD.
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