Systems administrators are also known as SysAdmins. They maintain the computer systems of organizations to ensure reliable operation. Systems administrators handle backup procedures, software upgrades and patches. They perform security monitoring to make sure a computer system is running smoothly. SysAdmins understand network services, resource requirements for applications and access controls. They provide provide technical support within an organization, as well as supervise and train staff. SysAdmins do routine automation and troubleshooting to ensure servers and multi-user computers are running at peak performance. These technicians are responsible for developing standards and procedures. They possess strong knowledge of applications and operating systems. Sysadmins also can communicate well with colleagues to relay necessary information while making suggestions to get needed tasks completed. They're able to add, delete and update user account information within a system, as well as reset passwords.
Systems administrators usually possess a degree or training in information technology, computer science, computer engineering and other related fields. They may have certifications such as Oracle Linux System Administrator, RHCE (Red Hat), Microsoft MCSE, CompTIA, Novell CNA, Cisco CCNA, Sun Certified SCSA and others. SysAdmins support end-user desktop computers, cloud storage, LAN (local area network), WLAN (wireless LAN) and VoIP (voice over IP) within an organization. They have a good knowledge of computer security that may involve maintaining intrusion detection systems and firewalls. In some companies system administrators are also referred to as SysOps (system operators) or ASE (application support engineers). Due to a high demand for SysAdmins, The Bureau of Labor Statistics have projected a growth from 2016 to 2026 of 6% in this field.
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