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Systems Administrator


Systems Administrators are responsible for handling the operation, installation, configuration, and maintenance of system hardware and software. They typically maintain the necessities of systems, such as operating systems, web servers, and data recovery.

Systems Administrators must participate in technical research and development in order to keep up with new developments within the industry.  In addition, they should be familiar with operating systems such as Linux and Windows and possess the ability to create scripts in Perl, Python, and other languages.


Systems Administrator responsibilities may include:

  • Assign network and database clearance.
  • Purchase new hardware and software.
  • Setup database backups.
  • Work on installation and installment with third party vendors.
  • Communicate with other department heads.



Systems Administrators are responsible for handling the day to day activities of the system. In order to provide a smooth user experience, a skilled Systems Administrator will:

  • Possess an eye for detail to observe disturbances within a system.
  • Stay on top of new trends within the industry to provide optimal service.
  • Convert technical data into easily understandable reports.
  • Communicate clearly with the heads of other departments and third party vendors.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking to solve complex problems.


In order to gain an entry-level position, candidates will need to possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a related mathematics field. Additionally, most jobs will want candidates to have at least 3-5 years of experience in system administration.

Many employers require specialized training relevant to the job. Certifications, such as the Cisco Certified Network Professional, can help to distinguish candidates.




  • How have you used your knowledge of operating systems to improve a network?

  • What is UDP?

  • What is the difference between a workgroup and a domain?

  • How can you reset a password for a customer who lost theirs?

  • Can you explain how to control processes on a Linux server?

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