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Systems Administrators

ANZSCO ID 262113

Overview

All Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

  • $1,932 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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 usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as systems administration) to work as a Systems Administrator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as systems administration) to work as a Systems Administrator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Engineering and technology

    36% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  9. Customer and personal service

    31% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  10. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Technical design

    21% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  12. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Law and government

    19% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mechanical

    16% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  15. Psychology

    16% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    15% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Sales and marketing

    14% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Production and processing

    13% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Physics

    11% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  20. Economics and accounting

    9% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Programming

    61% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  5. Systems evaluation

    61% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Troubleshooting

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  8. Systems analysis

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  9. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Quality control analysis

    57% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  15. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  17. Equipment selection

    52% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  8. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Categorising

    55% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  17. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with computers

    83% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    81% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Thinking creatively

    78% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Researching and investigating

    66% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Giving expert advice

    61% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    55% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    53% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    48% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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.

  6. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Spend time sitting

    82% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    71% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Impact of decisions

    69% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    68% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  16. Time pressure

    66% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  18. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Physically close to people

    64% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    62% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

All Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

  • $1,932 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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 usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as systems administration) to work as a Systems Administrator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications.

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.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as systems administration) to work as a Systems Administrator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Engineering and technology

    36% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  9. Customer and personal service

    31% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  10. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Technical design

    21% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  12. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Law and government

    19% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mechanical

    16% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  15. Psychology

    16% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    15% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Sales and marketing

    14% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Production and processing

    13% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Physics

    11% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  20. Economics and accounting

    9% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Programming

    61% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  5. Systems evaluation

    61% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Troubleshooting

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  8. Systems analysis

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  9. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Quality control analysis

    57% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  15. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  17. Equipment selection

    52% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  8. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Categorising

    55% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  17. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with computers

    83% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    81% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Thinking creatively

    78% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Researching and investigating

    66% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Giving expert advice

    61% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    55% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    53% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    48% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Spend time sitting

    82% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    71% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Impact of decisions

    69% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    68% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  16. Time pressure

    66% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  18. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Physically close to people

    64% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    62% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.
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