Linux Engineer and Sysadmin Jobs Can Translate into Big Money

If you’re on the hunt for a tech job that pays quite a bit of money, consider something Linux-centric. A new analysis of the Dice database shows that Linux engineers and sysadmins earn more (on average) than the “typical” tech worker.

In this breakdown, we also included generalized “DevOps Engineer” and “Systems Engineer” jobs, as both of these typically involve at least some Linux (and sometimes quite a lot, depending on the company and its particular tech stack). Take a look:

With these jobs, the pay is commensurate with the level of responsibility, and corporations are looking for tech pros who not only know various Linux distributions and programs, but have experience in managing complex systems.

“Linux is back on top as the most in-demand open source skill category, making it required knowledge for most entry-level open source careers,” stated the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and the Linux Foundation. “This isn’t surprising considering the strong popularity of cloud and container technologies, as well as DevOps practices, all of which typically run on Linux.”

According to that report (which surveyed 750 hiring managers at corporations, small- to midsize businesses (SMBs), government agencies, and staffing firms worldwide, in addition to 6,500 open-source professionals), some 55 percent of employers are currently helping to cover the cost of open-source certifications—up from 47 percent in 2017. And that’s a good thing, because 47 percent of hiring managers say they are more likely to hire a certified professional than one without a certification. Certifications are clearly a priority for many recruiters and hiring managers.

Managers love open-source, too, making technologies under that (very broad) umbrella important for all tech pros to know. If you’re interested in additional training and resources, check out the Linux Foundation; and if you want to pursue a career in that area, keep certifications front-of-mind.

 

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