Systems Administrator

Systems administrators are responsible for ensuring that computer software, operating systems, security tools and business applications are functioning correctly. They perform day-to-day maintenance and repairs including software and computer installations and upgrades. Additionally, they support the organization by providing technical support, automation, security maintenance and troubleshooting on computer systems.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Deploy, configure and update network hardware and software
  • Track, escalate and follow up with service providers
  • Automate routine processes for efficiency and standardization
  • Create documentation for the support and installation of systems-related activities
  • Perform audits of computer systems such as backup and disaster recovery
  • Identify hidden problems within a network
  • Budget and schedule resources
  • Ensure proper registration of devices and licensing compliance
  • Perform root cause analysis on workplace issues
  • Work with staff across departments and assist with computer problems
  • Stay up to date with the best information technology (IT) practices and technologies
  • Provide database support for core applications
  • Maintain, configure and administer software packages and system backups
  • Evaluate system’s performance and modify to keep at company standards
  • Document processes, including error reports and changes to field history tables

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • business
  • advanced mathematics
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A systems administrator typically has an associate or bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology (IT), IT systems administration, IT operations or a related field.