Who Needs a System Administrator (Part 2)

One assumption often faced is the overall cost in filling this position. A typical salary for a Systems Administrator with the appropriate experience and training would range from $50 thousand to $75 thousand (depending on your region in the United States). Many small organizations would assume this role can be filled for a much lower salary (typically $25 – $30 thousand). At this salary level, you will likely attract Administrators with little experience, or very poor capabilities. Remember, we are looking for Administrators that possess the following skill sets:

  • The ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral form
  • A complete knowledge of your Server and Workstation Operating systems
  • Effective hardware and software problem solving abilities
  • Patience in working with Users and Management

And with the following experience:

  • Experience in network security
  • Experience in performing system backups
  • Experience in Training Users

If your organization is extremely small (only one network, with several workstations), you might consider a Service that offers highly qualified individuals on an hourly basis as backup or support for your entry level in-house Systems Administrator. For entry level personnel, make sure they possess the following:

  • A degree from an accredited college in one of the following fields: computer science; information technology; computer engineering; information systems management.
  • Certifications indicating basic knowledge (i.e., M C S E, C C N A, etc.)
  • At least one year of work experience with your type network environment

Understand that entry-level personnel usually do not last beyond one year. This is due to one of two factors: lack of performance; or they leave for higher paying positions.

When considering an outside source for expert Systems Administrators, apply the same criteria for skill set and experience as described above. Consulting firms specializing in this field are the best source (search on the Internet for Systems Administrator Consultants in your area).

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