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Systems Administrator

Advance your Cornell career as a systems administrator. Many resources to gain technical skills are free to Cornell faculty, staff, and students.

This article applies to: IT Career Resources by Job Family

The Systems Administrator job profiles can be reviewed on the Cornell Career Navigator site -- look in the Information Technology job family.

Top Ten Technical Skills

The typical Systems Administrator job title at Cornell can include any number or type of applications based on what that unit or department needs. IT directors across campus have identified the following top ten technical skills necessary—for now and for a future career—in systems administration:

  1. Application Packaging
  2. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  3. Cloud computing
  4. Docker
  5. ITIL
  6. SQL
  7. Perl
  8. PowerShell
  9. Project Management
  10. System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

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Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 2:05pm

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