There are no standard training programs for Solaris administrators. Most administrators begin by enrolling in a computer science or information technology bachelor's degree program. To gain experience with Solaris, beginning administrators can obtain associate certification from Sun Microsystems. Some schools also offer online programming.
Most employers require administrators to have at least one year of experience with Solaris and network administration. In addition to experience with the Solaris operating system, administrators must have experience with software installation and network administration.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
In an undergraduate-level computer science degree, students use computer operating systems, software programs and computer hardware tools in computer lab settings. Rather than being taught how to solve specific problems, students are instead taught how to adapt to changing technologies and how to develop innovative solutions to technological challenges. This 4-year degree program typically includes courses on:
- Computer systems analysis
- Computer operating systems
- Software engineering
- Artificial intelligence
- Network security strategies
- Computer programming
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
According to the BLS, network and computer systems administrators make a mean annual wage of $82,200 as of May 2015. The employment for these administrators from 2014-2024 is expected to grow 8%, according to the BLS. This growth is as fast as average.
Licenses and Certifications
Solaris administrators are not required to have a license. Voluntary certification is available through Sun Microsystems and can increase career options and opportunities for advancement. Sun Microsystems offers various certification options for administrators with all levels of Solaris experience.
Sun Microsystems, the developer of Solaris OS, offers certification for network, system and security administrators who use the operating system. Beginning administrators with little or no experience can seek certification as a Sun Certified Solaris Associate (SCSAS). Administrators must pass a multiple-choice exam on UNIX and Solaris operating systems to obtain certification. Administrators with several years of experience can become Sun Certified System Administrators (SCSAs). To become a SCSA, an administrator must pass two exams on the use of Solaris 8, 9 or 10.
Workshops and Seminars
Employers, universities and technical colleges often hold workshops related to the use of Solaris systems. When a new version of Solaris is released, many administrators are required to become proficient in the most current version. Workshops and seminars address changes to new versions or technical variations between old and new versions. Seminars allow administrators to keep pace with continual changes in the field and provide networking opportunities.
USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association, holds conferences, symposiums and other events for all types of computer administrators. USENIX conferences typically provide information on trends in computer science, career services and networking opportunities. These events may also focus on software and operating system development, security management and network administration.
Solaris administrators with significant professional experience can become senior administrators or Solaris engineers. Senior administrators typically have supervisory responsibilities and a greater range of networking and operational duties. In addition, administrators who learn other computer skills, such as programming or database administration, can find careers that combine these skills. Administrators can obtain membership in organizations such as USENIX to receive newsletters, journals and other professional development resources.
Students interested in Solaris administration can pursue bachelor's degree programs in computer science. Graduates do not need to attain a license before entering the field, but voluntary certification may increase your career opportunities. Workshops offered through employers and colleges may provide continued training in newer versions.