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SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR: Don't Keep Changing Majors, Better To Take Time Off & Figure It Out

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Sasha, a level 1 Systems Administrator, loves her job facilitating user access and creating servers in the corporation. She discovered how much she likes IT by working at her college library help desk. An internship at Sierra Nevada led to this full-time position.

Degree: Computer Science
Job Title: Systems Administrator
Employer: Sierre Nevada

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

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
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$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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<span m='13600'>the</span> <span m='13710'>tapes,</span> <span m='14080'>so</span> <span m='14460'>if</span> <span m='14540'>anybody</span> <span m='14870'>loses</span> <span m='15290'>files</span> <span m='15880'>or</span> <span m='15940'>deletes</span> <span m='16370'>them,</span> <span m='16950'>I'm</span> <span m='17110'>responsible</span> <span m='17470'>for</span> <span m='17610'>bringing</span> <span m='18070'>them</span> <span m='18170'>and</span> <span m='18570'>restoring</span> <span m='19000'>them.</span> <span m='19660'>I</span> <span m='19750'>also</span> <span m='20080'>do</span> <span m='21190'>FTP,</span> <span m='21770'>which</span> <span m='22060'>allows</span> <span m='23410'>our</span> <span m='23650'>corporate</span> <span m='24320'>employees</span> <span m='25010'>and</span> <span m='25300'>our</span> <span m='25470'>customers</span> <span m='25940'>to</span> <span m='26660'>transfer</span> <span m='27080'>files</span> <span m='27400'>back</span> <span m='27600'>and</span> <span m='27720'>forth.</span> <span m='28440'>I</span> <span m='28620'>do</span> <span m='28710'>that</span> <span m='28890'>securely,</span> <span m='29520'>and</span> <span m='31180'>I'm</span> <span m='31270'>setting</span> <span m='31560'>up</span> <span m='31650'>a</span> <span m='31720'>solution</span> <span m='32220'>there.</span> <span m='33060'>I</span> <span m='33160'>handle</span> <span m='33380'>server</span> <span m='33700'>creation,</span> <span m='33960'>so</span> <span m='34220'>I</span> <span m='34520'>build</span> <span m='34720'>those</span> <span m='34990'>up.</span> <span m='35240'>We</span> <span m='35610'>have</span> <span m='36200'>a</span> <span m='36320'>virtual</span> <span m='36600'>and</span> <span m='36880'>a</span> <span m='37100'>physical</span> <span m='37450'>environment.</span> <span m='39130'>More</span> <span m='39900'>virtual</span> <span m='40330'>right</span> <span m='40530'>now,</span> <span m='40770'>so</span> <span m='40920'>I</span> <span m='41000'>get</span> <span m='41150'>to</span> <span m='41210'>help</span> <span m='41470'>stand</span> <span m='41730'>those</span> <span m='41960'>up</span> <span m='42180'>and</span> <span m='42360'>communicate</span> <span m='42900'>with</span> <span m='43200'>the</span> <span m='43880'>end</span> <span m='44080'>users.</span> </p><p><span m='45150'>Also</span> <span m='45520'>in</span> <span m='45620'>charge</span> <span m='46460'>of</span> <span m='46590'>creating</span> <span m='47060'>servers</span> <span m='47690'>for</span> <span m='48350'>the</span> <span m='48570'>IT</span> <span m='48960'>infrastructure,</span> <span m='49660'>so</span> <span m='49800'>we</span> <span m='49900'>do</span> <span m='50040'>file</span> <span m='50370'>shares</span> <span m='51340'>and</span> <span m='51930'>FTP</span> <span m='52960'>and</span> <span m='53350'>basic</span> <span m='54240'>network</span> <span m='54610'>monitoring.</span> <span m='55430'>We're</span> <span m='55510'>using</span> <span m='55820'>DFS,</span> <span m='56570'>which</span> <span m='56940'>basically</span> <span m='58380'>hides</span> <span m='59050'>the</span> <span m='59420'>server</span> <span m='59800'>name</span> <span m='60320'>and</span> <span m='60550'>gives</span> <span m='60770'>it</span> <span m='61130'>an</span> <span m='61200'>ambiguous</span> <span m='62060'>path.</span> <span m='63160'>We're</span> <span m='63440'>doing</span> <span m='63690'>more</span> <span m='63815'>of</span> <span m='63940'>that.</span> <span m='65990'>And</span> <span m='67560'>help</span> <span m='67780'>train</span> <span m='68060'>people.</span> <span m='68450'>I</span> <span m='68580'>do</span> <span m='68720'>a</span> <span m='68770'>lot</span> <span m='68900'>of</span> <span m='68940'>documentation,</span> <span m='69780'>so</span> <span m='70330'>when</span> <span m='70460'>I'm</span> <span m='70570'>out</span> <span m='71000'>or</span> <span m='71340'>when</span> <span m='71540'>other</span> <span m='71700'>people</span> <span m='72150'>are</span> <span m='72610'>out</span> <span m='72750'>of</span> <span m='72810'>the</span> <span m='72870'>office</span> <span m='73300'>or</span> <span m='73400'>don't</span> <span m='73610'>know</span> <span m='73680'>our</span> <span m='73750'>policies</span> <span m='74290'>and</span> <span m='74380'>procedures,</span> <span m='75250'>I</span> <span m='75390'>create</span> <span m='75740'>a</span> <span m='75790'>standard</span> <span m='76590'>layout</span> <span m='77080'>of</span> <span m='77490'>the</span> <span m='77650'>documents</span> <span m='78310'>and</span> <span m='78660'>provide</span> <span m='78970'>those</span> <span m='79230'>to</span> <span m='79360'>management.</span> </p><p><span m='80860'>In</span> <span m='81050'>high</span> <span m='81220'>school,</span> <span m='81580'>I</span> <span m='81690'>wasn't</span> <span m='82000'>sure</span> <span m='82400'>where</span> <span m='82415'>I</span> 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m='93260'>I</span> <span m='93430'>went</span> <span m='93960'>and</span> <span m='94060'>decided</span> <span m='94390'>to</span> <span m='94460'>do</span> <span m='94620'>computer</span> <span m='94960'>science</span> <span m='95305'>as</span> <span m='95477'>a</span> <span m='95650'>major.</span> <span m='96470'>And</span> <span m='96930'>I</span> <span m='97050'>wound</span> <span m='97360'>up</span> <span m='97500'>not</span> <span m='97710'>liking</span> <span m='98060'>programming.</span> <span m='99230'>It</span> <span m='99310'>wasn't</span> <span m='99570'>what</span> <span m='99710'>I</span> <span m='99770'>expected</span> <span m='100240'>it</span> <span m='100270'>to</span> <span m='100300'>be.</span> <span m='100650'>So</span> <span m='101190'>I</span> <span m='101530'>got</span> <span m='101670'>a</span> <span m='101720'>job</span> <span m='101990'>at</span> <span m='102100'>the</span> <span m='102150'>help</span> <span m='102380'>desk</span> <span m='102720'>at</span> <span m='102845'>the</span> <span m='102970'>library.</span> <span m='103470'>I</span> <span m='103610'>got</span> <span m='103840'>into</span> <span m='104120'>it</span> <span m='104250'>there.</span> <span m='105060'>Then,</span> <span m='105180'>I</span> <span m='105230'>moved</span> <span m='105550'>on</span> <span m='105750'>and</span> <span m='105830'>got</span> <span m='105990'>an</span> <span m='106060'>internship</span> <span m='106850'>at</span> <span m='107670'>Sierra</span> <span m='107930'>Nevada</span> <span m='108250'>corporation</span> <span m='109330'>and</span> <span m='109830'>moved</span> <span m='109990'>forward</span> <span m='110250'>from</span> <span m='110380'>there</span> <span m='110640'>and</span> <span m='110760'>got</span> <span m='110885'>a</span> <span m='111010'>full-time</span> <span m='111240'>position</span> <span m='112496'>as</span> <span m='112994'>a</span> <span m='113492'>sys</span> <span m='113741'>admin.</span> </p><p><span m='113990'>For</span> <span m='114300'>you</span> <span m='114580'>guys,</span> <span m='114830'>my</span> <span m='114950'>advice</span> <span m='115480'>would</span> <span m='115730'>be</span> <span m='116120'>to</span> <span m='116510'>check</span> <span m='116790'>out</span> <span m='116920'>any</span> <span m='117070'>computer</span> <span m='117480'>courses</span> <span m='117960'>or</span> <span m='118070'>clubs</span> <span m='118380'>you</span> <span m='118450'>have</span> <span m='118640'>on</span> <span m='118780'>campus.</span> <span m='119910'>I</span> <span m='120070'>know</span> <span m='120470'>that</span> <span m='120640'>typing</span> <span m='121000'>helps</span> <span m='121250'>a</span> <span m='121400'>lot.</span> <span m='122900'>Took</span> <span m='123060'>that,</span> <span m='123460'>and</span> <span m='123540'>it's</span> <span m='123620'>helped</span> <span m='123790'>me</span> <span m='123900'>through</span> <span m='124070'>college.</span> <span m='125140'>Typing</span> <span m='125460'>papers--</span> <span m='126650'>you</span> <span m='126750'>spend</span> <span m='126930'>a</span> <span m='126970'>lot</span> <span m='127120'>of</span> <span m='127170'>time</span> <span m='127390'>doing</span> <span m='127650'>that.</span> <span m='129949'>Just</span> <span m='130930'>figure</span> <span m='131290'>out</span> <span m='131370'>what</span> <span m='131470'>you</span> <span m='131580'>want</span> <span m='131740'>to</span> <span m='131820'>do.</span> <span m='132370'>I</span> <span m='132470'>know</span> <span m='132680'>a</span> <span m='132780'>lot</span> <span m='132990'>of</span> <span m='133090'>you</span> <span m='133210'>guys</span> <span m='133570'>may</span> <span m='133750'>not</span> <span m='134000'>have</span> <span m='134300'>a</span> <span m='134810'>career</span> <span m='135020'>path</span> <span m='135250'>in</span> <span m='135370'>mind,</span> <span m='135730'>but</span> <span m='137780'>try</span> <span m='137970'>not</span> <span m='138180'>to</span> <span m='138280'>skip</span> <span m='138550'>around</span> <span m='138880'>between</span> <span m='139090'>a</span> <span m='139300'>couple</span> <span m='139620'>different</span> <span m='140160'>program</span> <span m='141030'>paths.</span> <span m='141370'>It</span> <span m='141930'>hurts</span> <span m='142190'>you</span> <span m='142220'>in</span> <span m='142250'>the</span> <span m='142340'>long</span> <span m='142590'>run.</span> <span m='142880'>So</span> <span m='143660'>if</span> <span m='143780'>you</span> <span m='143860'>need</span> <span m='143940'>to</span> <span m='144010'>take</span> <span m='144270'>some</span> <span m='144460'>time</span> <span m='144830'>off--</span> <span m='145090'>a</span> <span m='145160'>semester</span> <span m='145420'>or</span> <span m='145680'>two</span> <span m='145810'>to</span> <span m='145940'>figure</span> <span m='146260'>things</span> <span m='146570'>out--</span> <span m='147090'>try</span> <span m='147310'>to</span> <span m='147390'>go</span> <span m='147420'>to</span> <span m='147450'>a</span> <span m='147480'>community</span> <span m='147850'>college</span> <span m='148730'>and</span> <span m='150300'>build</span> <span m='150505'>up</span> <span m='150710'>your</span> <span m='151140'>education</span> <span m='151660'>there.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294041,"video_id":"2701226958001","name":"756-Sasha-SystemsAdministrator1","duration":152788,"thumbnail_url":null}});