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bhert 07-12-2007 07:50 PM

Questions for sys admins
My community college just added the program for linux sys admins this year. When I found out about this, I researched on exactly what the admins do. I have noticed that not all admins do exactly the same jobs, it just depended on the business modal. I got interested in all that and was thinking about maybe applying for classes this fall.

My questions are: What is the outlook for sys admins jobs in the future? Will it grow?
I know some business are dropping windows for linux to save money.

What are the pros and cons of the job?

Is the job easy to get for entry level or will I need to get certificaton?

Any other info will help me out, links to pages, etc.

I just wanted to hear from real sys admins. Thanks


Tinkster 07-12-2007 08:34 PM

I've been doing Linux admin / System programming type of roles for
a goooood while now, and I can't see any cons :} ... well, occasionally
with project work and tight deadlines the efforts can become very
high; but overall the job satisfaction is great, I keep learning
new stuff every day and honestly wouldn't want another job :}


bhert 07-13-2007 01:42 PM

Thanks for responding Tink.
Sounds like something I would like to do becaus I like to learn something new everyday and play around with linux. Even now, I learn new things at home using linux too.:)

BTW, what kind of project work do admins usually do?


Tinkster 07-13-2007 05:34 PM

Depends on what their employer throws their way, and how
confident they feel with that kind of activity :}

I've done things along the line of migrating from a static IP
to a DHCP network (still providing the same IP to the same
machine for resource tracking), for example.

And larger projects I don't have the freedom to discuss.


bhert 07-15-2007 12:54 PM

Thanks for the info Tink. I know you can't talk about everything about the job. It's company policy not to reveal some secrets;) . Thanks for replying. Guess not everyone wants to talk about their job since you are the only one that was willing to share.



homey 07-15-2007 04:13 PM

I had a really nice job as network admin / sys admin but, that place fell on hard times and shut down. It took some real doing but, I finally got back into a steady ( not temp ) sys admin job and I'm loving this one even more than the previous one. :)
Lots of variety from pulling wires, repair copiers and printers, imaging workstations, adding / setup users ....
No worry about the future of sys admins as long as you have users. But, not likely to dump Windows completely because we have some in-house programs which nobody is in a big hurry to change.
At any rate, life is good and I'm paying the bills! :)

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