Linux Administrator

Be the office's go-to person for Linux program issues.
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Salary Range
$42,000 – $108,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Linux Administrators do?

As a Linux Administrator, you are a specialized System Administrator who manages the technology needs of businesses that use the Linux computer operating system. Your duties are broad, ranging from outfitting an office with a new set of computers to restoring crashed hard drives to implementing network security to figuring out why in-house applications are loading so slowly.

When you’re a Linux Administrator, you’re the one people call when they’re freaking out because of a computer problem. So it’s important for you to remain calm in stressful situations, and to be patient with people who may not understand technological terms. You should also be able to work with various versions of Linux, and know how to update them, as a Linux Administrator. On occasion, you’ll be called upon to do light programming, when you cannot fix application errors without going behind the scenes.

Nearly all data in the modern world is touched by technology, whether it is digitally stored, electronically delivered, or managed online. This means you can work in any field as long as the organization uses Linux as its primary computer operating system. If, for example, you are passionate about healthcare but the sight of blood makes you queasy, you can use your tech know-how to manage computer systems for hospitals. That way, you can work in the healthcare field without ever having to assist in surgery.

Though you might go to work in a button-down shirt, you’re still a bit of a rebel. Maybe that’s why you’ve chosen Linux, which is an alternative to Microsoft’s mainstream Windows operating system, as your area of expertise. Linux is also open source technology, which means the code used to create it is accessible to everyone. Nothing is hidden. Except maybe the punk rock t-shirt underneath your acceptable work attire.

Should I be a Linux Administrator?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: e-mail System Administrator, LAN Administrator, MIS Administrator, Server Administrator See More

    How to become a Linux Administrator

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