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Systems Administrators have a role that is essential to the general maintenance of IT operations in any company that uses computing systems. The goal of a Systems Administrator is to prevent network problems, improve the performance, check for security issues and keep systems running efficiently overall. Installing, upgrading and maintaining software and hardware is another typical role these specialists encounter on a daily basis. When issues arise within given systems, the Systems Administrator must quickly troubleshoot and resolve the problem. Professionals in this field generally have a background in computer science and hands-on experience with a host of IT technologies, including Python, Java, C++, C and SQL. The ability to learn and implement new technologies is key to this dynamic job role, as is several soft skills, such as good communication to help interpret findings to co-workers, clients and vendors, the ability to think quickly on your feet, multitasking and sharp organizational capabilities.
Since Systems Administrators are key to keeping a company’s technology systems running smoothly, it's an in-demand field across most industries, including information tech, eCommerce, aerospace, manufacturing and advertising. Major companies that have acquired these professionals to join their technology teams have included Postmates, Procore Technologies, SpaceX, Gogo and the Blackstone Group. No matter which city across the country a professional in the Systems Administration field may be seeking a job position, they will likely find steady employment since the need for reliable computing systems and networks continues to be paramount to the success of key industries.