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Systems Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Systems Administrator 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 1133 Systems Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 36392 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 2015:

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 $82,436.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,307.

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 $69,376.

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 Degree11.1%
Bachelor's Degree54.51%
Master's Degree8.11%
Doctoral Degree1.7%
Other9.68%

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 years19.18%
3 to 5 years50.48%
6 to 8 years18.8%
9+ years11.54%

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 (Problem Solving) (49.95%)
  • Management (36.3%)
  • Communication (34.14%)
  • Operations (29.06%)
  • Problem Solving (24.05%)
  • Information Technology (18.67%)
  • Customer Service (15.31%)
  • Planning (15.01%)
  • Writing (10.49%)
  • Detail Oriented (9.84%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Linux (28.14%)
  • Computer Science (27.12%)
  • Active Directory (27.4%)
  • Operating Systems (34.64%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Disaster Recovery (10.14%)
  • Technical Support (11.98%)
  • Microsoft 365 (5.99%)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (5.65%)
  • Project Management (10.9%)
  • Windows PowerShell (15.06%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (13.18%)
  • ServiceNow (8.71%)
  • IT Infrastructure (7.56%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (10.49%)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) (8.46%)
  • Automation (18.88%)
  • Workflow Management (13.07%)
  • Change Management (8.15%)
  • Microsoft Azure (14.74%)
  • Amazon Web Services (11.64%)
  • System Administration (35.94%)
  • Scripting (23.04%)
  • Firewall (11.69%)
  • Information Systems (12.25%)
  • Azure Active Directory (5.43%)
  • Virtualization (11.5%)
  • Microsoft Office 365 (8.1%)
  • Windows Servers (18.97%)
  • Backup Devices (15.14%)
  • Help Desk Support (9.97%)
  • Group Policy (10.25%)
  • Cyber Security (8.27%)
  • Configuration Management (8.35%)
  • Microsoft SharePoint (7.43%)
  • Unix (10.92%)
  • Auditing (11.86%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • VMware ESX Servers (4.95%)
  • Microsoft Servers (5.3%)
  • Server Administration (3.99%)
  • VMware VSphere (4.67%)
  • Hyper-V (4.91%)
  • Office 365 Exchange Online (2.06%)
  • Linux Servers (4.89%)
  • Vcenter (3.37%)
  • Veeam (2.94%)

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.

  • Operating Systems (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Computer Operator
  • Servicenow Administrator
  • Netsuite Administrator
  • Application Administrator
  • Cloud Systems Administrator
  • Jira Administrator
  • Atlassian Administrator
  • Hadoop Administrator
  • Administrator

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

  • Leidos (1097)
  • Robert Half (630)
  • General Dynamics (605)
  • Allegis Group (321)
  • CACI International (317)
  • Peraton (293)
  • SAIC (282)
  • TEKsystems (278)
  • CTG (271)
  • Lockheed Martin (261)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (37)
  • General Dynamics (32)
  • ASGN (20)
  • Robert Half (20)
  • Allegis Group (18)
  • TEKsystems (16)
  • University of North Carolina (15)
  • ManpowerGroup (13)
  • HCL Technologies (12)
  • Chandra Technologies (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!