Systems administrators are essential to the operation of most businesses. The system administrator is tasked with creating computer systems as well as maintaining them, troubleshooting them for co-workers, and documenting their systems. Becoming a systems administrator is a challenging profession. There is no degree that one can earn to become a systems administrator. Having a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer engineering will help, but systems administrators will primarily need to be self-taught.
A systems administrator is behind the scenes for all technological setups at the workplace. Their designs and implementations are necessary to maintain workflow and, for many, to perform their most basic duties. There is no end to a systems administrator's education. Due to the ever-changing and expanding nature of technology, a systems administrator must constantly learn about the new software and hardware that becomes available. It is the task of systems administrators to determine what available technologies can be applied to their business. Systems administrators will run into one persistent issue: what they need does not always exist yet. For this reason, a systems administrator will need to be able to create, configure, and maintain software and hardware that is specialized for their business. Not every task will be from the ground up, though, and many tasks will be just to upgrade existing software and hardware; this means upgrading current infrastructure and deploying new applications as necessary.
Thanks to their never-ending education in all things related to computers, systems administrators will be an invaluable source of knowledge for their company. They will end up making recommendations for most software and hardware upgrades. They will also need to interact with co-workers to find out what is wrong so that they can provide support and maintenance to the system and its operations. This often involves troubleshooting individual computer issues as they arise.
Systems Administrator Tasks
- Provide hands-on system administration support, system maintenance and operations support.
- Recommend software and hardware enhancements.
- Build, configure, and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
- Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.