System Administration

2017 Career Insights

With a 3.1% unemployment rate nationwide, System Administration provides a great foundation for career growth into future opportunities. Growth within this career will continue substantially, with career progression lending itself to certifications, breadth of responsibilities, and experience.



CompTIA A+ (Foundation level Certification)

  • Held by over 1 million IT professionals worldwide
  • Essential IT certification to establish career in System Administration
  • Equally essential for individuals with Professional experience
  • Vendor Neutral Certification

CompTIA Server+ (Next Step Certification)

  • Recommend 18-24 months of experience
  • Prerequisite: CompTIA A+ certification
  • Certifies successful knowledge and skill to build/maintain server hardware and software
  • Vendor Neutral Certification

CompTIA Network+ (Next Step Certification)

  • Recommend 9 months of experience
  • Prerequisite: CompTIA A+
  • Network specific certification
  • Vendor Neutral Certification

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert)

  • 5 exams covering 80 specific areas: desktop infrastructure, server infrastructure, SharePoint, business intelligence, communication, private cloud, data platform and messaging
  • Recommended at least 2 years of professional experience
  • Specific certification for Microsoft Servers



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