Job Market — Why we have always taught Linux skills: not just Microsoft

We knew this over a decade ago, and have always included Linux training alongside our Microsoft training. The employed person of this age must be able to use whatever computer the employer has chosen to use, which sometimes will be more than one kind. Flexibility and adaptability is a key, and Linux / Android expertise is required to escape obsolescence and irrelevancy in the 21st Century workplace.

It’s not just any talent. “44 percent of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification, and 54 percent expect either certification or formal training of their SysAdmin candidates.” Because 66 percent of hiring managers are looking for system administrators, Linux professionals with certifications will be the most in-demand talent in this year’s job market.

The most popular Linux certifications with job recruiters, based on a study of job boards by Ed Tittel on Tom’s IT Pro, are the high-level Red Hat certifications. These certifications, such as the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) are easily the most in-demand certifications. These are followed by the lower-end CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams.