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Unix Administrator / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Installs, configures, and maintains UNIX operating systems operating within a business. Analyzes and resolves problems associated with the operating system's servers, hardware, applications, and software. Detects, diagnoses, and reports UNIX related problems on servers.

Job Outlook

There were 529 Unix Administrator / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 13592 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Unix Administrator / Engineer 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 $95,754.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,888.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Unix Administrator / Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $84,913.

Education and Experience

Posted Unix Administrator / Engineer 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 Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree73%
Master's Degree13%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other8%

Posted Unix Administrator / Engineer 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 years14%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years24%
9+ years14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Unix Administrator / Engineer 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 (57%)
  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)
  • Planning (19%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (17%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Linux (80%)
  • System Administration (65%)
  • Red Hat Linux (37%)
  • VMware (33%)
  • UNIX (30%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Domain Name System (DNS) (17%)
  • PERL Scripting Language (17%)
  • Systems Engineering (17%)
  • Configuration Management (16%)
  • Hardware and Software Installation (16%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Splunk (6%)
  • Microsoft Operating Systems (6%)
  • VMware vSphere (6%)
  • Ubuntu (6%)
  • UNIX Shell (6%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Linux Systems Administrator
  • Linux Administrator
  • Linux Administrative
  • Systems Administrative
  • Linux Systems Engineer

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 Unix Administrator / Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • General Dynamics (211)
  • Northrop Grumman (199)
  • Leidos (182)
  • Iboss (126)
  • BAE Systems (118)

North Carolina

  • IBM (14)
  • Infosys (9)
  • Indotronix International Corporation (7)
  • General Dynamics (6)
  • Zachary Piper Solutions, Llc (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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