Network and Computer Systems Administrators


Will "Network and Computer Systems Administrators" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 32% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 3% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $40.15 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 110 out of 707

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Job description

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

SOC Code: 15-1244

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Chanwit Chonsuwanwat (Small chance) says
Because A.I. and Big Data must rely on Good System / Network Infrastructure either organization will use On-Premise or On-Cloud. However Traditional System Admin can upskills themselves to be Cloud Administrator / Engineer , DevOps Engineer , Security Administrator / Engineer and etc.
Jul 18, 2020 at 09:09 AM
Nick M. says
I’m a network engineer and agree with the other comment. We have automation and some GUI based systems, but without the underlying knowledge, it’s meaningless. A human will always be needed.
Jun 30, 2020 at 05:02 AM
letouane (Likely) says
With an AI tranning or eating support tickets the job can be automatized. "Is it working now" can be answered by the customer...
The only part of the work that need a human is in case of material problem only...
Jun 25, 2020 at 01:47 AM
Marek (Could go either way) says
Lots of work can be automated and implemented via scripts and parts of the code. On the other hand what saves this position is that network topology design changes over time and new implementation methods are needed and all has to be updated.
Jun 23, 2020 at 01:09 PM
Guadalupe Toro says
Systems administrators, or sysadmins, are responsible for deploying, configuring, maintaining, monitoring and managing an organizations servers or other computer systems. Propelled by the DevOps trend, people in these professions have become increasingly reliant on automation in recent years to help them handle mundane tasks like server configuration and software updates. In addition, many monitoring tools are beginning to incorporate machine learning and AI capabilities, which can reduce the number of false alerts and, in some cases, warn sysadmins in advance of problems that are likely to occur so that they can take preventive action. This is likely a position where AI will augment the capabilities of human workers rather than replacing them entirely. The BLS reports median pay for network and computer systems administrators was $79,700 per year in 2016, and the field is experiencing average growth.
Feb 03, 2020 at 01:59 PM
Bjarki Heimisson (No chance) says
I'm a system administrator and even without human error and though a lot of systems are automated in some ways, having the human touch is always needed.
Aug 28, 2019 at 04:54 PM

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