Systems Administrator job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Systems Administrator job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Date of posting: 23 Sep 21

What Does a Systems Administrator Do?

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Job designation: - Systems Administrator

A systems administrator is someone who manages, installs, maintains and troubleshoots the network systems. They are the ones who maintain networks that may or may not be connected to other networks like the internet.

Duties and responsibilities of a Systems Administrator

A Systems Administrator is responsible for keeping a computer running and making sure that it can properly function. They are tasked with setting up any hardware, software, or network that the company may need to run its business. In some cases, a Systems Administrator may have to calibrate an entire building's worth of computer equipment to keep everything running smoothly.

  • Monitor security settings on servers for vulnerability to cyberattacks

  • Implement new firmware or software updates on computer servers

  • Update operating system patches and antivirus protection

  • Monitor server performance to make sure it is running smoothly

  • Implement any updates to the configuration that are necessary for security reasons so users can access resources securely.

Places of employment for a Systems Administrator

Work schedule of a Systems Administrator

This job involves being on call 24 hours a day because of the nature of the work. The Systems Administrator is often required to work overtime or take on weekend shifts in case of an emergency or outage.

Qualifications required to become a Systems Administrator

The first one is having a bachelor degree in engineering or computer science. Another qualification is that you need to be proficient in at least one of the following programming languages, Python, C++, Java, Ruby or Scala.

Under-graduate courses to become a Systems Administrator

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 examination or its equivalent, from a recognized Board and must have obtained a minimum aggregate score in Mathematics and Physics as well as English as compulsory subjects, which is not less than 55%.

Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course

  • Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

  • All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 

  • National Eligibility Test (NET)

Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Post-graduate courses for a Systems Administrator

  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

  • Master of Computer Engineering (MCE)

  • Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • Graduation in Computer Engineering with 55 or 60 percent pass


Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course


  • GATE


Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Delhi

  • National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) - Pune

  • Indian School of Business (ISB),Hyderabad

  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE),Mumbai

Key/Technical skills

  • Understanding of concepts such as binary and IP address

  • Knowledge of both Windows and Linux operating systems

  • Ability to use system tools such as Microsoft Remote Desktop, Putty for SSH access, and Filezilla for FTP access

  • Knowing how to use command prompt for running commands in Windows PC's terminal, working with files on Linux server with CLI interface etc.

  • Basic understanding of networks and network devices like firewalls, switches etc.

  • Familiarity with database concepts like SQL (SELECT command) and MySQL 

Salary expectations

  • Average salary: -Rs. 4 Lakhs per annum

  • Entry level salary: - Rs. 2 Lakhs per annum

  • Experienced-level salary: - Rs. 9 Lakhs per annum

Process of getting the job of a Systems Administrator

  • Placement from colleges, universities and other recognised institutions

  • Job searching on LinkedIn or Indeed for Systems Administrator posts

  • Checking out any institution’s profile and requirements for a Systems Administrator

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