Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation’s director, has some heartening news for Linux world professionals. He was recently quoted saying, “Linux’s increasing use across industries is building high demand for Linux jobs despite national unemployment stats. Linux.com reaches millions of Linux professionals from all over the world. By providing a Jobs Board feature on the popular community site, we can bring together employers, recruiters and job seekers to lay the intellectual foundation for tomorrow’s IT industry.”
Present requirement is for 8,000 Linux-based technical jobs. Unix is being fast replaced by Linux and most of todays’ devices run on a modified version of Linux kernel from servers, HDTV desk-tops to supercomputing and the mainstay-data centres.
So if you are a Linux developer read on..
Linux skills that will work wonders for your career are as follows-Beginners
Linux beginners here is a chance for you to get ahead of the pack and equip yourself with broad Linux skills from sources such as the Linux Professional Institute where there is vendor as well as distribution neutrality.
For IT employers using Linux distributions, a potential employee with a suite of certification from business vendors such as Red Hat or Novell will carry greater demand than general Linux expertise.
IT Professionals but looking to improve Linux skills
For the ‘self –learner’, there are innumerable online resources that are offered free. An excellent industry supported example is the IBM developerWorks. With more than 70 articles, resources IT professionals looking to improve and build on their Linux skills, the opportunity available is unlimited. The platform alone draws over 300,000 visitors a month and you could just imagine the extent of reach possible available to mid-level Linux developers.
Experienced Linux Developers
The most experienced of Linux developers are the ones in most demand because now it is businesses who are seeking to employ masters of the Linux kernel. Today, these industries need Linux professionals who have ‘already- done-it’ and would necessarily step in and resolve the IT issue swiftly and efficiently because of their proven track record.
Therefore, listing all projects handled by you such as Solaris-to-Linux carries more weight age than just your Linux certification.
The bigger carrot at the end of the stick is for Linux professionals
Believe it or not, but latest salary considerations are not surprising primed for Linux professionals. Despite similar job titles, a Linux IT professional has considerably higher commercials in comparison to proprietary software colleagues(read Windows etc.)
Additionally, the alarming growth curve of open source mobile computing, enterprise applications is exploding the employment scenario for open source professionals.
It looks as if the Penguin is finally poised for ascendency and it is time for all you closet Linux developers to smarten up, clear your cluttered desktops and set to work on your Linux resumes and set the Penguin to waddle amongst your employers.
It is likely that at the least the next half decade is for Linux professionals who are early adapters. Now is the time to get the right skill sets, certifications to rule the world with open source mobiles, tablets and what-have-you-on-Linux.