What does a Junior Systems Administrator do?

Systems administrators are responsible for the setup and maintenance of a company or organization’s computer systems. They ensure a computer within a company's network, and especially the server, is operating smoothly and securely. Systems administrators configure and maintain a network computer system that includes hardware system software and applications.

Systems administrators ensure data is securely stored and perform regular backups of the data and information. They diagnose and resolve any hardware, software, networking, or system issues that arise and replace and upgrade any defective or outdated components if appropriate. They monitor systems’ performance to ensure they are functioning smoothly and securely and research and recommend new approaches to improve the network computer system if requested. They provide technical support to employees and personnel, and document the processes employees need to follow to work within a computing system. Systems administrators need relevant degrees, including a bachelor's degree in computer science or a relevant field, a diploma in information systems or information technology, and familiarity with SQL and database operations.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$52,624 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $53K
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Junior Systems Administrator Career Path

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Senior Business Systems Administrator
Mar 23, 2021

“Working at KeepTruckin is fun and full of opportunities to grow further in the career.”

Marie FranceMarie France
Systems Administrator
Sep 27, 2019

“You can manage a lot of projects that is good for your career growth and experience.”

Gatestone & Co.Gatestone & Co.
Server Administrator
Aug 3, 2021

“My tasks are pretty set and I appreciate it that my boss doesn’t micromanage.”

Senior Systems Administrator
Feb 2, 2021

“It was very smooth and all the HR Team was very helpful and supporting all the way to make my new role really smooth.”

Brigham Young University (Idaho)Brigham Young University (Idaho)
Systems Administrator
Sep 25, 2019

“Managers have been good to work with and take interest in my work and in me as a person.”

Meetings & Incentives WorldwideMeetings & Incentives Worldwide
Systems Administrative
Sep 14, 2019

“I felt really excited and so lucky to be apart of such a great group when I started.”

Windows Systems Administrator
Sep 12, 2021

“Junior positions to start your career path and possibilities to grow and find your specialization.”

Turner TechtronicsTurner Techtronics
Systems Administrator
Sep 4, 2019

“I have been here for 2 years and never once was asked for career growth or professional training.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a junior systems administrator

When working as a junior systems administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Server 2008, Operating Systems, Configuration, Linux System, and Microsoft Active Directory.

The most similar professions to junior systems administrator are:
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • Network Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a junior systems administrator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.