Finding the Job Opportunities in Open Source

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Open source jobs are increasingly going to the cloud.

Open source is currently pushing much of technology along, at least on the software side. Jobs dealing with open-source projects often aren’t listed as such (Facebook and other major tech companies have plenty, but rarely seek jobs specifically for maintaining repos), but they’re still sought-after. Here’s where the opportunities are.

The Linux Foundation’s latest Open Source Jobs Report (produced in conjunction with Dice) is useful for figuring out the opportunities when it comes to projects and jobs dealing with open software. Hiring managers say they’re looking for developers and engineers versed in “cloud technologies” (70 percent say it’s a critical need), with “Web Technologies” and “Linux” coming in behind (67 and 65 percent of hiring managers call for those disciplines, respectively).

As far as skills are concerned, 60 percent of open-source hiring managers are on the lookout for “Cloud/Virtualization.” Then comes “Application development” in second, with 59 percent, while DevOps ranks third, with 57 percent of managers saying it’s needed at their firms.

The Linux Foundation also asked what areas of expertise were most in-demand. This is where things get really head-scratchy. “Cloud” led the way, with 60 percent of hiring managers saying they need developers who, um, know the cloud (okay), while “Application Platforms” was a close second at 59 percent. “Big Data” is also in high demand.

Tech professionals all ranked cloud, application development, Big Data and DevOps high among opportunities in open source. Some 77 percent even say the “ability to architect solutions based on open source” is the most valuable skill for their current position. And 69 percent of developers say cloud technologies will drive the open-source community for the next year.

As we’ve pointed out, landing the job might be as simple as earning a certification: 50 percent of hiring managers say that certs are enticing, and 47 percent of companies will even help developers earn them.

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