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Systems Administrator

Find out how to become a systems administrator and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Systems Administrator is $87,500 - 119,100 annually

What does a Systems Administrator do?

Systems administrators oversee the configuration, maintenance and upkeep of organisational computer systems. They supervise other personnel and may hold budgets.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Systems Administrator?

Systems administrators are responsible for the smooth running of the security, data management and operating systems of an organisation.

  • Determine policies for IT equipment purchase and usage
  • Manage the installation of computers including servers and remote working devices
  • Implement and regularly test IT security systems
  • Understand and ensure adherence to the legal requirements for an IT system
  • Troubleshoot problems and deal with disaster recovery
  • Liaise with managers and external suppliers regarding budgetary decisions

How to become a Systems Administrator

It's possible to pursue the career pathway of a Systems Administrator without any formal qualifications, however, employers may prefer candidates with qualifications in information technology.

We recommend studying a ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support)  as this is a relevant qualification to pursue the role of Systems Administrator.

If you want to advance your skills, a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology is an online course worth exploring.

Quick facts

Working as a systems administrator allows you to utilise your high level computer and analytics skills to make important decisions and solve problems.

Employment for Systems Administrators is set to fall over the next five years, as of 2020.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Job Growth 
    Set to fall over the next five years, as of 2020. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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