Businesses of all types are reliant on their computer systems for day to day operations. System administrators play an essential role in helping to keep IT systems up and running optimally. Depending on the size of the company you work for, you may do a little bit of everything – updates, security, troubleshooting, working with vendors and ensuring everyone internally has the right level of access.
System administrators work in an office setting. You will work a standard 40 hour work week, but overtime and some weekend work may be required to address pressing issues as they arise. You will have remote access so you can address issues even if you are not in the office. This allows you to work remotely on occasion.
System administrators are well paid and you have a lot of career opportunities you could pursue if you decide to move on from this role.
Part of your job will require you to complete tedious and time consuming tasks behind the scenes. You may also be required to be on call and be the first contact person if an issue arises with the company network.
System administrators are often regarded as a jack of all trades. You need to know a little bit about everything IT related to do your job. As a result you can transition easily into other roles such as cybersecurity expert, system architect, get additional computer certification, or over time, move into a senior IT management position.
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A system administrator can make about $85,000 per year. Your salary is based on years of service. Some positions pay over $100,000 annually, especially in larger metropolitan areas.
Top paying areas for system administrators in Canada include: Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary.
System administrators have a long list of responsibilities. Here are some of the main tasks you will handle as part of your job:
System administrators are required by all types of companies. If you work for a smaller company, you may be the sole administrator. If you work for a large enterprise, you may work as part of a team of administrators. You also have the option to work for a third party IT consulting firm.
System administrators need to have a combination of IT, business, and leadership abilities. Here are the top skills required for this role:
To work as a system administrator you will need a minimum of a college degree in network systems administration or computer science. If you plan to move into upper management in the future a bachelor’s degree and/or Masters degree may be required.