What does a Principal Systems Administrator do?

Systems administrators are responsible for the setup and maintenance of a company or organization’s computer systems. They ensure a computer within a company's network, and especially the server, is operating smoothly and securely. Systems administrators configure and maintain a network computer system that includes hardware system software and applications.

Systems administrators ensure data is securely stored and perform regular backups of the data and information. They diagnose and resolve any hardware, software, networking, or system issues that arise and replace and upgrade any defective or outdated components if appropriate. They monitor systems’ performance to ensure they are functioning smoothly and securely and research and recommend new approaches to improve the network computer system if requested. They provide technical support to employees and personnel, and document the processes employees need to follow to work within a computing system. Systems administrators need relevant degrees, including a bachelor's degree in computer science or a relevant field, a diploma in information systems or information technology, and familiarity with SQL and database operations.

What responsibilities are common for Principal Systems Administrator jobs?
  • Provide support for implementation, troubleshooting and maintenance of IT systems.
  • Configure, manage and monitor storage systems.
  • Install, configure, manage and maintain Linux server based applications.
  • Work with key users to resolve system problems and issues.
  • Make recommendations to purchase hardware, software, and system components.
  • Provide training for both internal clients and peers as needed.
  • Develop and monitor systems, network, and security policies and standards.
  • Establish, manage, and assist in system and user documentation.
  • Assist in the analysis, design and development of new technology.
  • Assist with the design and testing of network models.
  • Ensure all appropriate asset management functions are completed as required.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement alternative approaches when required.
  • Maintain and monitor the backup and disaster recovery solutions of systems.
  • Interface with site Help Desk and trouble reporting system.
  • Assist with documentation of departmental procedures and project work.
  • Setup detailed user access control and system security at object level.
  • Maintain up to date system documentation for all responsible systems.
  • Provide system support to personnel administering or develop applications.
What are the typical qualifications for Principal Systems Administrator jobs?
  • Degree or certificate in computer science, information systems, information technology, or software engineering.
  • Fluent in a variety of programs and software.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Active Directory, PowerShell, Vista, Sharepoint, and Office Suite.
  • Experience with scripting, problem solving, and enterprise resource planning.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Principal Systems Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£37,144 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£22K
Median: £37K
£62K
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Principal Systems Administrator Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

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Read what Principal Systems Administrator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ilantus TechnologiesIlantus Technologies
Implementation Engineer
20 Feb 2022

“You get to learn a lot of things here which includes both personal and professional development.”

MotiveMotive
Senior Business Systems Administrator
23 Mar 2021

“Working at KeepTruckin is fun and full of opportunities to grow further in the career.”

Gatestone & Co.Gatestone & Co.
Server Administrator
3 Aug 2021

“My tasks are pretty set and I appreciate it that my boss doesn’t micromanage.”

HoneywellHoneywell
Senior Systems Administrator
2 Feb 2021

“It was very smooth and all the HR Team was very helpful and supporting all the way to make my new role really smooth.”

TietoevryTietoevry
Windows Systems Administrator
12 Sept 2021

“Junior positions to start your career path and possibilities to grow and find your specialization.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Systems Administrator
29 Jun 2020

“Work as a team and gain training and work experience in any number of professional industry career paths.”

Strathmore UniversityStrathmore University
Assistant Systems Administrator
10 Nov 2020

“Opportunities to grow in career (can take courses at the expense of your department)”

BirlamedisoftBirlamedisoft
Implementation Engineer
20 Feb 2021

“It was my first job..they made me work without salary for first month.. salary was very low..”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of systems administrators

A systems administrator spends each day determining a company's computer system needs, installing hardware and software, and maintaining network security. They also make sure every employee's workstation works efficiently and stays connected to the central computer network as well as troubleshoots any related issues if they arise.

A benefit of being a systems administrator is that they work independently and as part of a team, so they experience the best of both worlds and have a varied work environment. The demand for systems administrators is expected to increase as companies opt to invest in newer and faster technology networks. This may make it easier to find a systems administrator job.

Working as a systems administrator can be challenging at times, especially when the computer network is experiencing issues. Professionals need to be up to date about the latest developments in network technology, so they might need to take courses and attend conferences. Systems administrators usually work a traditional workday, but they might need to be available after hours or on weekends to troubleshoot issues.

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