Mar 052015

If you wanted one more reason to hone your Linux skills, it came in the form of a new report from the Linux Foundation and Dice that cast a bright spotlight on solid job opportunities for Linux professionals.

The report was based on responses from over 1,000 hiring managers and 3,000 Linux professionals about the state of the Linux job market.

Here are highlights from the Dice-Linux Foundation report:

● Most hiring managers plan to recruit Linux professionals in the next six months. With new Linux-based systems, projects and products constantly emerging, hiring the right talent to support the growth remains a priority with employers. Nine out of 10 hiring managers intend to hire Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.

● The rise of open cloud platforms is creating even more demand for Linux professionals with the right expertise. 42% of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23% report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19% are looking for Linux talent with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) skills.

● Linux-certified professionals will be especially well positioned in the job market this year, with 44% of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification, and 54% expecting either certification or formal training of their SysAdmin candidates.

● More developers and SysAdmins are learning Linux as companies are getting even more aggressive about rolling out Linux-based systems and devices to support cloud, mobile and embedded, and emerging areas such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

● Contribution to open source projects is a good way to gain expertise and demonstrate that knowledge to employers.

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