Certification Helps with Path to Linux Jobs

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-12-12 Print this article Print

A Linux certification can be helpful, but it will not mean much if you don't know how to make Linux work for a company's needs.

You dont have to have a Linux certification to get a job working with Linux, but it cant hurt.

Simply working on Linux is easy. Join a Linux community like The Debian Project, Red Hats Fedora, Novells OpenSUSE, or half-a-hundred projects and go for it.

Of course, you wont get paid, and 95 percent of the work on Linux projects is programming. So, if you want a salary, and your skills lie in system administration or network management, it behooves you to look into Linux certifications.

Of course, a Linux certification doesnt mean a darn thing in and of itself. I havent met a standardized test yet that I couldnt beat. It doesnt mean I know anything. Im just one of those people who test well. The chicken, the egg and the Linux desktop. Click here to read more. What really counts is the ability to take Linux and make it jump up and down and do the work that todays companies need done. The only way to really show that you have those skills is by doing the work. That said, as Linux increasingly is entering businesses front doors rather than as a skunk-works project in the back-room, the people hiring Linux-workers are more likely to be in human resources than in IT. That, in turn, means youre more likely to be judged by your degrees and certifications than by your experience and skills. But, which certification? Aye, theres the rub. Read the full story on Linux-Watch.com: A certifiable path to Linux jobs
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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