“There are three kinds of death in this world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network.” If that quote attributed to Guy Almes, the director of the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, rings true, the systems administrators are lifesavers when it comes to the network.
A system administrator, who can also be known as an IT systems administrator or sysadmin, is responsible for the design, build and maintenance of a computer network and systems.
That means if the server goes hiccup, odd are it’s the systems administrator who will come to the rescue. A system administrator’s duties can also encompass scripting or programming, project management, and supervising and training staff. Therefore, good technical and communication skills are key to the role.
A systems administrator in Ireland can expect to earn a salary of €22,965-€53,441, PayScale.com reveals.