Systems Administrator

System Administrator

The role of a system administrator is Installing and configuring software, hardware and networks and monitoring system performance and troubleshooting issues. A Systems Administrator is also responsible for the security and efficiency of IT infrastructure and applications, ensuring that everything is running smoothly.

What does a System Administrator do?

Systems Administrators regularly work on-site but can also perform their roles in remote locations or on a consultancy basis. Some of the roles and responsibilities of a career as  System Analyst can be:

  • Installing and configuring software and hardware
  • Managing network servers and technology tools
  • Setting up accounts and workstations
  • Monitoring performance and maintain systems according to requirements
  • Troubleshooting issues and outages
  • Ensuring systems security through access controls, backups and firewalls
  • Upgrading existing systems with new releases and models
  • Developing expertise to train staff on new technologies
  • Building a library of technical documentation, manuals and IT policies

Who you will work with

New systems technologies are constantly emerging, with huge implications for existing systems and commercial direction for organisations. New security threats and malware is also a constant threat so Systems Administrators need to work closely alongside a wide variety of other functions and teams to ensure their systems are adequately policed and protected. Some of other roles which Systems Administrators would regularly work alongside would include:

  • Cloud Computing Engineer
  • AI Engineer
  • SQL Programmer
  • Java Developer
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • Full Stack Web Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Customer Support Specialist
  • UX Designer
  • Security Specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • .NET Developer
  • SAP Developer
  • Python Developer

Professional Qualifications

A degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or a related discipline is a must to enter the industry via conventional paths. Additionally, professional certifications (e.g. Microsoft or Linux) is hugely valuable. Continuous learning, course updates and certifications are part and parcel of growing your career as a Systems Administrator.

How Your Career Can Develop

Different companies are looking for different things in terms of system administration and the best Systems Administration careers are the ones that are always developing in scale as your experience and technical knowledge increases. A good Systems Administrator will always have an abundance of curiosity and problem solving acumen and it’s also the key to career success. As a Systems Administratoryou will need to have a confident and positive attitude along with flexibility and the confidence to communicate with and motivate people and teams effectively. If you establish your credentials with major employers in this area you can look at moving into consultancy and possibly working on major international projects in work and travel are something which you seek in your career as a Systems Administrator.