I just got turned into one of two main Server / Network administration people as my primary job at other job. Before that it was Primary on the workstation side of things, along with software compliance, programming, and everythign else. Now I do all that, but I kick routers and switches and sling fiberchannel cards around more often. Lots of hands on, lots of ordering of expensive toys, lots of document writing, lots of codeing, lots of computer building and rebuilding, and now server building and rebuilding. I make the OS images. I used to make all the statewide benchmarking and acceptance trial documents for new hardware. I personally saved a certain state government just under 1 million dollars last year during a certain software audit by a certain Adobe corporation, so I like to think I have job security for a few years.
Right now i'm alternating between updating some of our woefully out of date server applications, and creating useful documentation for the thingies that my predecessor never documented. We had multiple production frontline file servers that hadn't had a firmware update in 5 years. Things like that have been fun to deal with. But basically it keeps things interesting, there is always something to be done.
Ironically my degree isn't even in IT, it's in Security and Intellegence studies.