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Systems Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the day-to-day operations of an organization's computer networks, including the systems that connect computers and other technology to each other and to outside networks. Installs, organizes, and supports the hardware and software of these systems.

Job Outlook

There were 1691 Systems Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 48613 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network / Systems Administrator industry, which includes the Systems Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Systems Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,109.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,004.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Systems Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $70,095.

Education and Experience

Posted Systems Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree66%
Master's Degree12%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other13%

Posted Systems Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years17%
3 to 5 years51%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Systems Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (52%)
  • Communication Skills (34%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)
  • Planning (23%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • System Administration (80%)
  • Linux (31%)
  • Microsoft Active Directory (31%)
  • VMware (28%)
  • Windows Server (21%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Domain Name System (DNS) (16%)
  • Hardware and Software Configuration (15%)
  • SQL (15%)
  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Cisco (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Red Hat Linux Administration (7%)
  • Hyper-V (6%)
  • VMware vSphere (6%)
  • Virtual Private Networking (VPN) (6%)
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Host Based Security Systems (2%) – marginal value $4,312

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Systems Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Systems Administrator
  • It Systems Administrator
  • Service Delivery Manager
  • Systems Administrator II

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Systems Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • General Dynamics (922)
  • Leidos (862)
  • Raytheon (714)
  • Northrop Grumman (577)
  • Deloitte (499)

North Carolina

  • SAIC (47)
  • General Dynamics (28)
  • Deloitte (25)
  • Charter Communications (24)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (23)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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