SolarWinds, a leading provider of IT management software, surveyed more than 400 U.S.-based systems administrators in an effort to measure the evolving nature f this critical IT role.

The survey results capture systems administrators’ attitudes and preferences on both a personal and professional level, from their enjoyment and frustrations of their jobs to their favorite after-work hobbies and pop culture heroes.

Here’s a sample of some of the key findings. (To see all the survey results, click here.)