Linux job market heats up

Linux job market heats up

Summary: Want a tech job? Then polish up your Linux skills and you will be handsomely rewarded.

TOPICS: CXO, Linux, Open Source

Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals, and The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Linux and collaborative development, has just released the 2014 Linux Jobs Report  (PDF Link). The two found that "The explosive demand for Linux talent is intensifying."

The rest of the IT job market may be shrinking, but the Linux job market is still growing.

Specifically, the data from over a thousand hiring managers found that 77 percent of hiring managers have "hiring Linux talent" on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago. More than nine out of ten hiring managers plan to bring Linux professionals on board in the next six months. Furthermore, 46 percent plan to boost their hiring of Linux pros in 2014, a 3-point increase over 2012."

In particular, the in-demand Linux skills will continue to cross both the developer and enterprise management areas, providing diverse opportunities to meet a wide range of Linux skill sets. According to the survey, the areas of expertise that hiring managers are most aggressively seeking include systems administration, 58 percent; Linux application development, 45 percent; and system architecture/engineering, 45 percent.

This demand, in turn, is driving salaries for Linux experts above industry norms. "Linux professionals enjoyed salary increases over the past year that exceeded the average for technology professionals by more than 2 percentage points. These professionals also received an average bonus of $10,336, up 12 percent from the previous year."

It's not just the money that's making Linux administrators and developers happy. More than 4,000 Linux staffers surveyed said the No. 1 thing they liked about working with Linux is that they got to work on "interesting projects." Second was "working on the most cutting-edge technology challenges" and third was "more job opportunities." The responses underscore what recruiters and industry leaders already know instinctively: Linux workers really like what they do. And they’ll have lots of opportunities to keep doing it this year, and to build their careers for many years to come."

"While demand continues to grow for Linux talent, there remains a shortage of experienced Linux professionals on the market. This year’s Linux Jobs Report clearly illustrates this issue," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation in a statement. "This year’s report also shows there is unlimited career advancement for developers and systems administrators who contribute to and seek out learning opportunities for Linux. The future is a bright one for professionals who know Linux."

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  • Linux job market heats up

    Riding with Penguins, in a world of windows and fruit.
    • RE: in a world of windows and fruit.

      Actually Linux is the most common server OS... Apple is under 1% and MS is between 10% and 30% (depending on the sources).
      • Are you talking

        Web servers? I agree, other than that I find that difficult.
        • Not Just Web servers

          Look at some other networking appliances. Cisco firewalls, Palo Alto Networks firewalls, Bomgar remote access, BlueCoat proxy and wan ops, most Websense equipment, and many others have Linux at their core.
    • Linux job market heats up

      A window can cut a penguin. A penguin can eat an apple and an apple can break a window.
      Tim Jordan
      • A penguin can't go everywhere, an apple is just a fruit with limited

        life-span, and windows are everywhere and used widely and by just about everyone on the planet.
      • true

        but you can use a window, eat an apple, and ...... a penguin?
  • What is a "Linux skill?"

    They're mostly just "computer skills", especially considering that most of how Linux operates at the user and account level is cribbed from garden variety UNIX, and most of the FOSS than runs above the OS layer is essentially the same from platform to platform.
    • Well, I'd say it's more like this

      A Linux skill is anything that isn't a Microsoft skill. It's all about differentiation and not getting Microsoft people anywhere near a *nix position.

      That or enterprises are thinking, "Microsoft? Nah mate."
    • Something hiring manager's don't understand

      We need Linux! We need Linux skillz!

      Is a Linux skill knowing to type 'ls' instead of 'dir'?

      I think it's hilarious that the article doesn't mention one single, tiny item that could conceivably be considered a Linux skill.

      If I buy a Chromebook for an elderly family member to use, is she now considered to have Linux skills?

      The sysadmin role doesn't even really require specific OS skills, as there is an Interwebs full of answers a click away. Knowing how to install and use Linux does not mean one can suddenly administer an enterprise full of Linux servers and workstations.
      • Really?

        Do you think the big guys pay their admins to search the Internet for the answer when a system goes belly up? The reality is that a skilled admin has to immediately know complete CLI commands intuitively when the situation calls for it. And there are hundreds of different Linux CLI commands each with its own uniq set of command line options and arguments. Since my background is as a Unix admin, I really don't know how it is in the Windows world, but I would assume it is a similar situation. What with Wikipedia and the rest EVERYONE can be an expert in anything these days. What they pay people big money for is speed and accuracy. Speed means you know it in your head without even having to crack a book or pull a cheat sheet. Accuracy means that you have done it so many times before there is hardly any chance you will screw it up with a stupid mistake.
        George Mitchell
      • I can't agree with this statement at all

        > The sysadmin role doesn't even really require specific OS skills, as there is
        > an Interwebs full of answers a click away. Knowing how to install and use
        > Linux does not mean one can suddenly administer an enterprise full of Linux
        > servers and workstations.

        This statement is ridiculous. Administering a Linux server and administering a Windows servers require two very different skill sets. And finding people with really Linux skills is not an easy task. I have spent the past 8 months reviewing resumes, doing phone screens, and in person interviews looking for people to administrate Linux servers and most of them I wouldn't trust with a Windows desktop, let alone a server. While most systems do share common concepts, the specifics of how to perform the tasks to implement those concepts are very different. THOSE are the skills that are in short supply.

        Just because you may know how to team two network interfaces into an active/passive failover pair on Windows doesn't mean that you know how to do the same on Linux and if you have to first spend hours Googling the answer, then you will never work on my team.
    • Linux skill sets.

      System administration, Linux application development, Systems architecture/engineering.
      • None of these are terribly Linux specific

        Userland applications are all going to get written in GTK+ or Qt, or Mono, or whatever. All that could be done just as easy on a Solaris box as a Debian one. Ditto the rest of it.
        • True, but...

          It's long been the case that UNIX/Linux-trained sysadmins make better Windows sysadmins than Windows-trained sysadmins do.
          John L. Ries
    • Linux skills are really UNIX skills...

      ...but Linux has largely replaced commercial UNIX as the dominant server OS.
      John L. Ries
    • Computer expert

      I worked as a computer expert, it did not matter if it was windows, Unix, VMS, SyMax, Linux, or something custom, all it had to be is a computer !
  • Sounds good but it's been years since I did development in UNIX

    What are some of the best development tools in Linux? Which of those are Open Source? Even if I never switch jobs to develop in Linux I'd like to try my hand at Linux development for fun.
    • Pretty sure that

      ... for the most part these are blue collar box jockey ("admin") jobs.

      Nobody really does Linux application software development except for the narrow world of low-end skills LAMP web apps, which of course are better hosted offsite anyway.
      • Much of the development I do...

        is with control systems/programs on dedicated PCs sold with hardware (price range $30k to $700k per unit which includes hardware, dedicated PC and software). Seems Linux would be an ideal OS for such an environment since it's more stable than Windows and wouldn't be under the constant need to 'upgrade' to new versions of Windows.

        And what I develop doesn't target typical PC users so there's no concern for the number of Linux users in the market. Our costumer base doesn't care what OS they're using, they just care for the operation of the product.

        I would think this situation would be ideal for Linux application development.