Codeup Launches First Podcast: Hire Tech

Codeup Launches Hire Tech Podcast

Any podcast enthusiasts out there? We are pleased to announce the release of Codeup’s first podcast, Hire Tech! Hire Tech is a conversation with new developers and the people that hire them, hosted by our CEO and Co-Founder, Jason Straughan. 

In a world where “entry-level” positions often require 3 years of experience, Jason sets out to discover what it’s like to break into and work in the modern tech industry. To hear various perspectives, he interviews both Codeup alumni and tech leaders who have hired from Codeup. These stories show you the impact Codeup has on the tech world by empowering our community with real life change.

In the first episode, Jason interviews Codeup alum Ryan Smith, who has been working as a Software Developer and Software Engineer for nearly two years. From a missionary in Colombia to a Dog Handler in Afghanistan, Ryan’s life experiences are one of the many ways he and other Codeup grads stand out to employers. That, paired with his interview preparation trick. Listen in to learn what it is!

This episode will reveal how he went into his job search with total confidence, what he would tell hiring managers regarding junior-level talent, and why they shouldn’t get caught up on an applicant not knowing their primary language. Give it a listen on Spotify. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, and Google Podcasts, it’s perfect for your morning commute!

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Why Should I Become a System Administrator?

Why Should I Become a System Administrator?

With so many tech careers in demand, why choose system administration? System administrators are a key component of their organizations. They keep the technology working smoothly and interact with people all across the company. Are you interested in understanding how computers operate? Or are you curious about tech but unsure of what specific tech career you might want? If so, read on to learn why you should become a system administrator!

Be a Tech Wiz

A system administrator has a solid foundation of the building blocks of technology. Usually a full-time employee, they are responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and troubleshooting of computer systems. They know the ins and outs of networking, operating systems, web servers, and databases. This is a great career path if:

  • You want to thoroughly understand how computers operate throughout a long-term career
  • You are interested in tech, but want exposure to various subjects before fully pursuing one thing

As an almost catch-all position for all things tech, you’ll get exposure to the business and analytics side of tech, computer science, technology management, infrastructure, hardware, and software. All of this variety will help you choose a specialization within system administration or even an entirely different tech career.

Get Started with No Experience

To learn the skills required for the job, you often need to get certifications including CompTIA Network+ and Comp TIA Linux+. Thankfully, you can train for these certifications at programs like Codeup Cloud Academy with no prior experience needed. These sorts of programs provide critical hands-on practice so that you’re job-ready once you have the certifications in hand. Alumni often start out in Help Desk and Tech Support roles and quickly move up to become the System Administrator.

A Skillset More and More Companies Rely On

Companies depend heavily on their computer networks and need them to be fast, reliable, and updated. As more and more companies depend on and invest in technology, more and more will rely on system administrators for this upkeep. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of systems administrators to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. It states:

“Demand for information technology (IT) workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Our home base of Texas is actually the state that employs the most system administrators, with 34,410 currently employed.

Start a Salaried Career

Ready to transition from a personally or physically taxing job to a full-time office job with benefits? Rather than working odd hours, finding people to take your shift, or working for commission, this career path will provide a solid and reliable salary with traditional office hours that allow for a great work/life balance.

According to, the average salary of System Administrators in the United States is $67,448. This is the average across all levels of seniority, but of course, salaries range based on experience and location. These are the average salary ranges of System Administrators citywide, statewide, and nationally:

  • San Antonio (our headquarters): $58,094 to $74,660
  • Texas: $58,665 to $75,394
  • United States: $59,743 to $76,779

You’re a People Person and Problem-Solver

In this career, you’ll interact with people at all levels of the organization and will need to simply explain complex topics. Good communication skills are a must! You should enjoy working with others and have great customer service skills. In addition, you’ll need to problem solve, think critically, and think quickly. When a network is down on a high-stakes day, it’s your time to shine, but you’ll need to withstand the pressure and act fast.

Ready to earn a reliable salary, use your people skills, and get a skillset that many companies rely on? It only takes 13 weeks to start your career with Codeup Cloud Academy. Get the certification training and hands-on experience you need to launch your career in system administration. Start here.