Computer Systems Administrators

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Computer Systems Administrators

Computer Systems Administrators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, computer systems administrators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They talk with employees and managers often about computer needs.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also communicate by letters and memos, but less often.
  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • May work near others. They often share the same work space with other employees.
  • Sometimes are exposed to loud sounds and noise levels, such as from servers and computer equipment.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate when completing the job. Errors affect everyone using the computer system.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere. They must abide by strict weekly deadlines.
  • Make most decisions and set daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Often repeat the same activities, such as using a computer.
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  • Make decisions that impact others and work outcomes.


  • Work a regular, set schedule.
  • Most work full time. Overtime is common.
  • May sometimes be on-call in case of a computer-related emergency.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.