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The Network Administrator and Systems Administrator roles often have a lot of cross-over. Indeed, in smaller organizations, the same person may perform both roles as part of their job. But as you move into larger organizations, you will find the two roles become more distinct.

Typically System Administrators take care of the Servers and Desktop End-user devices. Looking at this a little more thoroughly the System Administrator will be responsible for tasks such as:

  • Creating users accounts and assign and update security permissions on the networked resources
  • Configure Server resources and services including DNS, DHCP, storage and print resources
  • Troubleshooting of Sever resources and the monitoring of Server resources
  • Assisting in the planning of future hardware and software needs of an organization
  • Training users how to use software
  • Applying patches, service packs and hotfixes to servers

Employment of network administrators in the computer systems design and related services industry is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026. The Median Pay rate for Network and System Admins in 2017 was $81,100 per year. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you start in Systems administration, you would typically look to complete ..... certification.

Once you have more experience and start looking for mid-career roles, you will most likely need ..... certification.