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SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR: It's Something I Enjoy Doing

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Kevin tells his story of working as a Systems Administrator for a petroleum company in the island country of Trinidad and Tobago. He talks about what a typical day looks like for him and what his responsibilities are. He also shares why he got into information technology and talks about what he would have liked to have known about his career before he started it.

Degree: Computer and Information Sciences
Job Title: Systems Administrator

Job Summary: Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job Description

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization's computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization's computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

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Additional Info

In 2010, over 90 percent of network and computer systems administrators worked full time. Most organizations depend on their computer networks, so many administrators work overtime to ensure that the networks are operating properly. Administrators may have to be at work outside of normal business hours to resolve problems.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by Microsoft, Red Hat, and Cisco.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$45,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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different</span> <span m='15200'>things,</span> <span m='15320'>and</span> <span m='15420'>make</span> <span m='15590'>sure</span> <span m='15830'>that</span> <span m='16050'>most</span> <span m='16260'>of</span> <span m='16360'>all</span> <span m='16440'>our</span> <span m='16490'>services</span> <span m='16950'>that</span> <span m='17120'>we</span> <span m='17280'>offer</span> <span m='17730'>are up</span> <span m='18093'>and running.</span> </p><p><span m='18820'>The</span> <span m='19100'>company's</span> <span m='19750'>basically</span> <span m='20210'>energy</span> <span m='20560'>based,</span> <span m='20850'>but</span> <span m='21140'>we</span> <span m='21400'>more or</span> <span m='21720'>less</span> <span m='21920'>provide</span> <span m='22350'>all the</span> <span m='22716'>different</span> <span m='23082'>services,</span> <span m='23450'>like</span> <span m='24090'>email,</span> <span m='25780'>make</span> <span m='25950'>sure</span> <span m='26100'>the</span> <span m='26230'>internet</span> <span m='26590'>works,</span> <span m='27032'>all that kind</span> <span m='27474'>of</span> <span m='27916'>stuff,</span> <span m='28360'>as</span> <span m='28710'>well</span> <span m='28880'>as</span> <span m='29020'>our</span> <span m='29200'>back</span> <span m='29470'>end</span> <span m='29630'>financial</span> <span m='30120'>systems,</span> <span m='31860'>things</span> <span m='31960'>like</span> <span m='32140'>SAP</span> <span m='32360'>and</span> <span m='33400'>other</span> <span m='33490'>Microsoft</span> <span m='33930'>products,</span> <span m='34240'>like</span> <span m='34300'>SharePoint</span> <span m='34610'>and so</span> <span m='34860'>forth.</span> <span m='35960'>So</span> <span m='36440'>that's</span> <span m='36780'>basically</span> <span m='37160'>what</span> <span m='37340'>my</span> <span m='37540'>day</span> <span m='37700'>is</span> <span m='37900'>like.</span> <span m='38560'>It's</span> <span m='38690'>a</span> <span m='38740'>pretty</span> <span m='39000'>long</span> <span m='39270'>day,</span> <span m='39420'>but</span> <span m='40320'>it's fun.</span> <span m='40980'>Well,</span> <span m='41420'>actually,</span> <span m='42120'>I</span> <span m='43400'>started</span> <span m='43730'>off</span> <span m='44440'>studying</span> <span m='44930'>biology</span> <span m='45730'>when I</span> <span m='46186'>was in</span> <span m='46642'>college.</span> </p><p><span m='48010'>And</span> <span m='49840'>I</span> <span m='49940'>just</span> <span m='50180'>realized</span> <span m='50600'>that</span> <span m='50760'>basically,</span> <span m='52310'>IT</span> <span m='52750'>was</span> <span m='52990'>something</span> <span m='53390'>that</span> <span m='53690'>I</span> <span m='53800'>was</span> <span m='54090'>good</span> <span m='54170'>at,</span> <span m='54680'>and</span> <span m='55111'>it was</span> <span m='55542'>fun.</span> <span m='56404'>So</span> <span m='56835'>it</span> <span m='57266'>was 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