Question about the unix job

I'm a student and I have taken unix class at the university.
What job duties will the unix administrators have? i mean from 9 o clock to 5 o clock every day. are they just sitting there most of the time? Please tell me like the most common jobs only. And also maybe a little bit about the more difficult jobs. Thanking you,          
                             Bobby V
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braveheartCommented:
Most UNIX administrators at sites where I have worked have been run off their feet. They deal with both hardware and software and often have to manage other operating systems too. If you think that your hours will be limited from 9-5, think again. There will be that important upgrade that can only be done outside normal working hours. What about that dodgy RAID drive that needs replacing. How can I shuffle all the data on our disks around so that we can load that database of 100GB. You want to switch from INGRES to ORACLE at the end of the month...Aaagh! The network is running very slowly, where is that traffic meter. Who rebooted their workstation - the only way they will learn is if I cut their disk quota.

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bobbyvAuthor Commented:
braveheart. im thanking you for your answer. but i know that the unix job is very hektic. would you or someone inform me the real unix tasks that unix adminitrators do on regular basis? is a lot of the job just adding and deleting the users, managing the files, and other things? and tcp/ip configuration also is constant? would you kindly write to me the 5 or 6 most common jobs that you do? also i am not talking about the consultuing jobs like you have been having. i refer to the regular job that you are working for a company for many years. thanking you 2 times, Bobby V.
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bobbyvAuthor Commented:
braveheart. im thanking you for your answer. but i know that the unix job is very hektic. would you or someone else inform me the real unix tasks that unix adminitrators do on regular basis? is a lot of the job just adding and deleting the users, managing the files, and other things? and tcp/ip configuration also is constant? would you kindly write to me the 5 or 6 most common jobs that you do? also i am not talking about the consultuing jobs like you have been having. im writing about the regular job that you are working for a company for many years. thanking you 2 times, Bobby V.
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braveheartCommented:
What I was trying to convey to you is that the everyday, mundane tasks take very little time. Of course you have to add and delete users but the most common task is trouble-shooting, which takes 80% of the time.

The routine jobs take about 15% of the time, while the remaining 5% can be allocated to more strategic tasks, such as reorganising the network.

The main task of an administrator is fighting fires, coping with the unexpected. At least, that has been my experience over 20 years in 6 or 7 different places of work.
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