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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 $68,000 - 90,000 annually


Systems administrators oversee the configuration, maintenance and upkeep of organisational computer systems. They supervise other personnel and may hold budgets. Employment for systems administrators to 2019 is expected to grow strongly. Employment in this large occupation remained stable over the last five years.

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Key skills

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

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.

  • Average Hours Worked
    38.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Average qualification level
    32.6% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - 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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