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Best System Administrator Certifications For 2017

Best System Administrator Certifications For 2017
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Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockWhen it comes to managing computer systems, whether in an office environment, on a campus or in an enterprise data center, there's a long list of tools and technologies SysAdmins need to master. There are also a number of certifications that can help validate knowledge and skills in those areas.

In addition to server and client configuration and maintenance, many system administrators must also understand access controls, network services and the resource requirements of applications. They often find themselves working with directory and name services in particular, as well as network addressing, database services, web and desktop applications, email and a whole lot more.

Making sense of all of the different system administrator roles and accompanying certifications is no easy task. After examining various credentials, we came up with a list of our five favorite system administrator certs for 2017.

The chart shows the results of an informal job search we conducted that gives you an idea of the relative frequency with which our top five certs appear in actual job postings. While all the certs are popular, the MCSE credential remains the clear favorite.

Job Board Search Results


SimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
TechCareersTotal
LPIC465266138302
MCSE4,8975,3162,76820,84633,827
RHCE573
627
366
56
1,622
Server+2,005
3,343
63
1,018
6,429
VCP6-DCV 214
229117
161721

Although employers tend to pay SysAdmins at a lower rate than some of their IT peers, such as network engineers and data architects, a career in system administration is still worth pursuing. SimplyHired reports $79,657 as the national average salary for SysAdmins, in a range from $54,538 to $116,345. Indeed.com pegs the average at about $67,000, and Glassdoor's average is $65,273.