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Career Definition for a Sun Certified System Administrator
Certified Solaris system administrators are information technology (IT) professionals who install and maintain network servers running one of the Solaris operating system, currently available through the Oracle Corporation. They are usually employed by businesses and other organizations with computer networks that use the company's open source software products. As systems administrators, they may also supervise other IT staff and respond to questions and maintenance requests from office workers.
|Education||Bachelor's degree in information technology or computer science recommended|
|Job Skills||Troubleshooting, analytical thinking, multitasking, communication|
|Salary Range (2016)*||$87,400 to $104,762 with Sun Certified System Administrator credentials|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)**||8% for network and computer systems administrators|
Source: *Payscale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Most systems administrators have completed a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Computer Science or a related field. Core coursework typically includes topics in programming languages and procedures, networking and systems design. Solaris certifications are available through the Oracle Corporation in network, security and systems administration. Requirements include a passing score on an exam, which candidates can prepare for by enrolling in courses at the Oracle Academy or an approved training center, reviewing seminar packages and taking practice exams.
Systems administrators are analytical thinkers who are able to troubleshoot issues for large groups of network system users. Stressful situations require clear, fast thinking, and can involve working long hours until the problem is fixed. The ability to multitask can be helpful when managing more than one project at a time. Communication skills are key when working with nontechnical staff members.
Career and Salary Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that jobs for system administrators in general will increase by an average pace, 8% from 2014 to 2024. Certified system administrators will enjoy excellent job prospects, as businesses increasingly rely on full-time professionals to maintain their computer operating systems. According to Payscale.com, certified systems administrators for Solaris operating systems earned between $87,400 and $104,762 in May 2016.
Alternate Career Options
Check out these other options for careers in computer systems:
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Among their many supervisory and technical duties, computer and information systems or IT managers evaluate and install new computer systems as needed for companies and organizations. Candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree in a computer-related area or information science will need substantial experience before they're considered for a position. While opportunities for IT managers in general are expected to increase by 15% though 2024, openings in insurance carriers are projected to grow by 26% during the same 10-year period. As of May 2015, the median annual salary for computer and information systems managers was $131,600, according to the BLS.
Computer Systems Analysts
Computer systems analysts conduct research and determine if a company or an organization needs to update or install new computer systems, which may include consulting with computer and information systems managers. Undergraduate or graduate degree programs in computer science or management information systems can help students prepare for a position; coursework in business administration may be especially helpful. The BLS reports that aspiring analysts can look forward to a 21%, or much faster than average, growth in jobs between 2014 and 2024. As of May 2015, computer systems analysts earned median annual salaries of $85,800, with the those in the lowest and highest 10% ranges earning about $51,910 and $135,450, respectively.