In the past, the term “sysop” was associated with a technician who helped technicians in the field to perform routine tasks like updating information on the network. Today, however, “sysop” is more of a generic term that can be used to describe any one of several specific jobs, from troubleshooting network problems to managing the networks themselves.
To be a “sysop,” or technical support personnel, one must have at least a high school diploma and certification. Many states require a minimum level of training for those wishing to become technical support personnel in their state. Some states also require cosmetology certification to be considered eligible for this job.
If one desires to be a full-time sysop and work in a computer system administrator position, then he or she must obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university. Those who are not working in the IT field and do not have any prior college education may want to take courses in computer networking and computer security in order to prepare for a career in computer forensics.
Once a bachelor's degree has been earned, then a person should take the exams required for becoming a certified computer professional (CCP). There are two major exams: Microsoft Windows Server Certification and Cisco Systems Networking certification. If either of these exams are passed, then the person will be considered an effective and skilled “sysop.”
Another option to consider as a “sysop” would be a security guard. Security guards may only have the ability to supervise other security guards, but they work in close proximity to computer systems that make it possible for a computer technician to troubleshoot problems. Security guards typically have at least some knowledge in computer network security and computer forensics, which will come in handy when the technician is having a problem with a computer system. However, this job does not require a bachelor's degree and is a much lower paying job than being a technician or a network administrator.
A person can choose to work in a variety of ways, but all jobs require that one have a basic understanding of computers and computer technology. Once these basic skills have been acquired, then the person can decide what kind of career will be right for him or her.
Those who do not have very much experience can consider taking computer classes at community colleges or technical schools to gain the basic computer skills needed for a variety of careers. However, those who already have some basic computer skills in working on home PCs and laptops, whether personal or business related, can seek out employment as a systems administrator. System administrators will have to manage the networks, set up security measures, and maintain the . . . . . . hardware.
Those who have already established themselves in the industry may find a good job in a variety of places, including working in a data center, consulting, or doing administrative work in a hospital. When looking for jobs, consider your specific needs, such as whether you want to be a technician, a system administrator, or a security guard. Once you have decided on what type of position you are seeking, then you can begin your research.