My title is technically "PC / Client Server Analyst II", though I'm the higher end of the payscale so my internal title is "Sr. Computer Systems Technologist I"
1. I'm on a computer pretty much the entire time I'm here. I work in the defense industry so a lot of my time is spent on security settings, auditing, etc. 2-3 hours of meetings a day, sometimes more.
2. I love working with the technical stuff. I dislike meetings. And meetings to discuss meetings.. and more meetings...
. Probably my two favorite parts are my HPC cluster and automation. I oversee a huge HPC cluster as its sole administrator, and I spent a lot of my time on DISA STIG requirements and how to automate that.
3. Challenges: Technical. I'm the lead systems admin here and am looked to for all technical answers no one else can answer. It's a blessing and a curse. I don't know everything, but it's fun learning new things.
Opportunities: pretty much the same. I get a lot of hands on on new equipment, new operating systems, new ways of doing things. I get to learn a LOT. And my company will pay for tuition / certs / etc.
4. No, not at all, though "entry level" here is pretty much helpdesk. I came into this job with a lot of Linux knowledge and experience. I also had 4 years of helpdesk behind me. I'm one of the younger guys here by a good margin. most of my co-workers are 35+
5. I'm not in a typical industry. My position required a degree and certs (DoD 8570 requirements). I can't help out much here. I do have a dozen or so certs and a 4 year degree (B.S. IT)