(from English sysadmin, system administrator, a synonym for a sysadmin) is an employee who is responsible for the adequate operation of computers and networks.
The sysadmins set the access rights to various resources of the internal network (printers, scanners, etc.) and to the Internet, as well as the rules for working with them. On the system administrator is the task of ensuring information security of the company.
System administrators are a unique circle of people who do not like career growth in the usual sense of the word. They do not aspire to be big bosses and manage people, to be in sight.
This is the rare case when a person thinks his work is done well, if this work is not noticed. Everything just works. Like a watch. Without crashing. However, there are numerous misconceptions about the activity of sysadmins, which should be dispelled. And to show that “choose no life …” is not only loud words.
The system administrators are employed by some students.
In practice, everything depends on the company and the specifics of the administrator’s work. In some institutions it is easy to get a job even for a vocational school student without higher education and any recommendations. Other organizations require a highly qualified specialist.
For the profession of a system administrator, you do not need a higher education.
This opinion exists among young people who go to work as system administrators to feed themselves when they are students. To be an administrator, it is not necessary to have a higher education – this is a fact! But in order to be a good administrator and get good money for this, it is necessary to raise the qualification, and that is the risk for a lifetime to remain an average sysadmin.
System administrators can not climb the corporate ladder.
Even the fact that the system administrator can become the main IT service specialist or go into the network security analyst disproves this claim. Prospects for professional growth are always there!
System administrators are paid little.
Speaking at a glance: system administrators of some firms get even more than secretaries. Naturally, the salary depends on work experience, education and the number of hours worked.
System administrators have eye problems because they do not leave the computer all day.
Actually, the work of the administrator is not only sitting at the PC, but also running around the corridors and cellars, laying the cable and constantly calling on network users to fix something, fix and fix any problem.
System administrators are lounging around at work.
No matter how you look – the sysadmins are smoking near the office! But this does not mean that they are all lazy and have absolutely nothing to do. Remember! If the administrator at any time does not have a job, it is only because he has timely adjusted everything, fixed the problems and now simply monitors the work of the system under his control.
The work of the system administrator is extremely relaxed.
Studies of two years ago have shown that IT workers have one of the most nervous jobs. In addition, the system administrators themselves confirm that they are often exposed to stress due to the stupidity of their customers-users.
The working day of the system administrator is very short.
In fact, the administrator has an irregular working day, whether he is an office worker or an “incoming” employee. Often it happens that after the office has left the last employee, the sysadmins are still in the workplace: they are debugged, reinstalled, they work hard. The essence of their activities is to ensure the normal operation of the network, and it does not matter, during their working hours they will do this or sit out at the end of the day’s work.
All sysadmins are hackers!
The best defense is an attack.And any self-respecting system administrator should know at least a small fraction of all the methods of malicious network crackers to protect themselves and their wards from the actions of these. But this does not mean that one follows from the other, and every decent administrator must be a hacker. Maybe they have the same knowledge, but the specifics of the work are radically different!
System administrators do not care about their appearance!
This myth arose from the fact that the majority of representatives of this proud profession, despite the dress codes and the opinion of others, go in t-shirts and parachute pants. In fact, like all normal people, sysadmins tend to look good, but they do not always get it. The truth is that their work is extremely dusty! And is there any reason to wear a white ironed shirt, if during the day more than once you have to sit on the dirty floor under the table, looking for connectors in the power supply!
System administrators are not interested in the affairs of the company.
It would seem that they work for themselves imperceptibly, they do not know the high authorities in person and do not tag the vacant positions of accountants and secretaries. But meanwhile a third of all system administrators of our planet are happy to read the letters of colleagues, and about half of them will climb into folders with documents that do not concern them at all. Is this not an interest in what is happening in the office?
System administrators are not respected.
Someone will say that in the hierarchy of the office, the system administrator is right behind the cleaner, and nobody needs his work. Just what would we do without these employees of the invisible front, which provide our quiet work in the office and do not require for it gratitude. The profession of the system administrator remains one of the most popular, and for help to them we address much more often than to the doctor!