If you have Linux skills, then this is probably the best time to let people know, because those skills could very likely land you a new or better.
That’s the word from this year’s annual Linux Jobs Report, put together by the Linux Foundation and jobs board Dice.com.
Specifically, 93 percent of hiring managers plan to be looking for a Linux professional in the next six months, with 90 percent of those same hiring managers complaining that it’s somewhat to very difficult to find such Linux gurus to fill the slots they have.
The demand is showing up amongst potential candidates, too. Three-quarters of Linux professionals report having gotten a call from a recruiter in the last half of 2012. And, while technology-sector salaries went up by 5% in 2012, Linux-oriented salaries rose by 9% in the same period.
We certainly can understand the need for more Linux experts here at SUSE, where we are always on the look out for more talent to help us innovate and work with customers. Based on our own experience, this report’s conclusions don’t really surprise us much.
So what can you do to get yourself out there on the Linux market? If you use Linux, consider formalizing your skills, through training or even formal certification, such as through our partners at the Linux Professional Institute. Polish up your resume and make sure it’s out on networks like LinkedIn or Dice.com.
Linux is growing every day, and employers are looking for a lot of new staff to fill their need to configure and improve the world’s best operating system. Are you ready to join the team?