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How to Become a System Administrator

Author: Chris Alex /Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Like many admin jobs, they are mostly behind the scenes, yet instrumental to the department running successfully – The job of a system administrator is no different. While tasks may often seem monotonous in this role, they are truly the core of the business, keeping the organization’s network safe. Similarly to other departments, the job description of the system administrator differs depending on the size of the company – This person is more seen as a jack of all trades with a smaller company, but has the opportunity to hold a specialized position at a larger organization. Regardless, there are specific credentials to hold in order to be a desired system administrator candidate.

Required Qualifications
Initially, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is commonly found in those who hold the position of a system administrator. Depending on the company, some employers do look for more focused proficiencies that are obtained through certifications, such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Microsoft Certified System Administrator. When job searching, it is important to confirm what type of prerequisites that firm is looking for – Not only will it narrow your search, but also provide insight into other accreditations you can obtain, furthering your experience as a system admin.

Preferred Skills
Aside from necessary qualifications, there are identified tasks that employers look for in a system administrator applicant – Vital talents for those holding this job description are patience and problem solving, as well as being a persistent learner. Because the systems admin is constantly working with colleagues in other departments, exemplifying various levels of computer knowledge, it is important to remain patient in explaining IT operations, ensuring everyone is on the same page and obtaining the same information. In the same vein, problems arise at all hours of the day, commonly to those who have no idea of how to handle, let alone remedy them. It is crucial for the systems administrator to possess high problem solving and multi-tasking abilities in order to remain calm while resolving the issue at hand. Lastly, aspects in technology are changing by the minute, requiring others to keep up before being left behind. A systems admin should always be looking to learn and refine their skills in order to stay up to date with the current IT trends.

In addition to these tips, becoming a part of a professional organization, focusing in the world of technology, will only help with networking and introducing you to those with the same interests. Learning from others’ experiences can prepare you for the expected responsibilities, while providing a sneak peek into you career ahead!


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Chris Alex
Chris Alex

Chris Alex

Chris comes with 10+ years of Specialized Staffing industry experience and he has placed 400+ Professionals in various markets.

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Chris comes with 10+ years of Specialized Staffing industry experience and he has placed 400+ Professionals in various markets. He is a multi "Reach for the Stars (both Chairman's Club and President's Club)" Winner and he prides himself in having a high level of ethics while providing his clients with the highest level of service possible.


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