System Administrators plan, develop, install, troubleshoot, maintain and support operating systems and associated server hardware, software and databases ensuring optimum system integrity, security, backup and performance.

    You can work as a Systems Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Tasks

    • Troubleshoots and provides service support in diagnosing, resolving and repairing server-related hardware and software malfunctions, encompassing workstations and communication infrastructure.
    • Prepares and maintains documentation, policies and instructions, and records and details operational procedures and system logs.
    • Ensures that the design of computer sites allows all components to fit together and work properly, and monitors and adjusts the performance of networks.
    • Continually survey the current computer site to determine future network needs and make recommendations for enhancements in the implementation of future servers and networks.

    More about Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

    All Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

    • $1,932 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Systems Administrators

    • 13,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 16% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Systems Administrators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 13,700 in 2011 to 13,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Systems Administrators work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 16% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services26.6
    Public Administration and Safety15.5
    Education and Training11.3
    Financial and Insurance Services6.7
    Other Industries39.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSystems AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC27.125.6
    QLD16.520.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT6.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSystems AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-243.5-9.39.3
    25-3430.4-22.922.9
    35-4434.3-22.022.0
    45-5421.0-21.621.6
    55-596.3-9.09.0
    60-643.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSystems AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree35.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.1-21.121.1
    Year 1214.9-18.118.1
    Year 111.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Systems Administrator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer literacy.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and electronics

      81% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    2. Telecommunications

      67% Skill level

      Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    3. Clerical

      57% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    4. Administration and management

      55% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. English language

      50% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      97% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Contact with people

      94% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      89% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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