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Linux Career IT Skills Watch update July 2013

As promised, here is the latest "IT Skills Watch" update . The current statistics refer to the period between May and June 2013. The biggest drop was made by the LPI certification, which seems to be losing ground in comparison to other major certification providers. The reason for this could be the generic nature of the LPI certification, which does not appear to be very appealing for many employers right now. On the other hand, the biggest gain was made by the Amazon Web Services, which may not be completely surprising and can be explained by the fact that many companies are currently switching or thinking about making a move to cloud technology. From the same reason, knowledge of DNS steadily holds its position and, therefore, some basic understanding of DNS is an absolute must for a system administrator . Additionally, OraclePL/SQL appeared to be a safe bet in the past two months for those already equipped with OraclePL/SQL related skills.

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The statistics below are taken from approximately ten thousand job advertisement samples posted around the world between May and June 2013. Therefore, the data below reflects up to date, approximate IT skills demand leaning towards the Linux and Unix environment. We have considered approximately 150 IT skills, dozen operating systems and hundreds network protocols. The higher the score the more likely you are to find that particular skill, operating system or certification requirement on the job description you wish to apply for. It is important to point out that aiming for the top rank skills may increase your chances but does not ensure a successful interview. The right combination of various skills is more vital to your success.

We will periodically update and improve the below information to keep you in line with always changing job market and thus helping you to increase your changes to get you a job you have always wanted.

Current Results: July 2013
Volume of Analyzed Job Advertisements: 9894
Countries Included: USA, GBR, GER, CAN, AUS, BEL, POL, ESP, LUX, PHL
Next Update: Oct 2013

Archive: Apr 2013

TOP 40 IT skills

RankSkillScoreChange %
1. MySQL 3391
8.27
2. VMware 2778
6.19
3. Apache 2471
5.73
4. OraclePL/SQL 1608
37.67
5. Tomcat 1306
19.38
6. WebSphere 1157
13.32
7. SAP 1049
-10.72
8. Weblogic 972
16.83
9. JQuery 929
22.56
10. Subversion 928
5.57
11. ActiveDirectory 897
-0.55
12. Hadoop 879
10.01
13. JBoss 878
0.80
14. Puppet 791
29.04
15. DB2 767
1.05
16. Git 754
11.54
17. MicrosoftSQL 723
4.93
18. LDAP 680
5.75
19. ITIL 613
22.85
20. netAPP 669
15.74
21. AWS 668
44.28
22. NAS 632
-3.07
23. Citrix 545
24.71
24. IIS 544
-7.64
25. RAC 542
30.92
26. Chef 534
36.57
27. ESX/ESXi 525
6.06
28. ANT 499
29.61
29. Nagios 494
11.51
30. Eclipse 480
-6.80
31. noSQL 443
4.48
32. Juniper 383
17.48
33. SYBASE 361
11.08
34. PostgreSQL 361
-0.82
35. EC2 355
24.13
36. mongoDB 345
31.68
37. XenServer 332 N/A
38. vSphere 326 N/A
39. Drupal 309 N/A
40. Jira 304 N/A

TOP 20 network protocols

RankProtocolScoreChange %
1. DNS 1289
-0.46
2. HTTP/HTTPS 895
4.31
3. VPN 530
10.88
4. DHCP 482
7.11
5. NFS 437
6.59
6. VOIP 432
-13.25
7. FTP 347
8.44
8. SMTP 314
0.00
9. SSH 303
-6.77
10. SNMP 299
-11.01
11. BGP 247
26.67
12. SIP 161
-0.62
13. CFENGINE 143
47.42
14. CLEARCASE 131
6.50
15. NIS 109
-12.10
16. NTP 101
-0.98
17. SFTP 94
42.42
18. TELNET 48
-11.11
19. HSRP 42 N/A
20. KERBEROS 40 N/A

TOP 10 Certifications on demand

RankSkillScoreChange %
1. Cisco 531
10.62
2. CISSP 317
-5.09
3. Microsoft 311
4.36
4. Redhat 188
2.73
5. CompTIA 140
21.74
6. Oracle 63
75.00
7. ITIL 61
-7.58
8. GIAC 27
68.75
9. LPI 7
-70.83
10. Novell 3
-57.14

TOP 20 Development Skills

RankSkillScoreChange %
1. Java 9809
10.67
2. C/C++/C# 6265
7.57
3. Perl 3683
8.29
4. PHP 3328
1.37
5. Python 3278
14.34
6. Javascript 2746
14.94
7. Embedded 2234
18.70
8. J2EE 1931
17.24
9. HTML 1850
16.28
10. Ruby/Rails 1737
22.93
11. CSS 1378
15.99
12. Spring 1221
27.72
13. Bash 1159
13.07
14. .Net 1011
9.89
15. AJAX 846
7.91
16. SOAP 771
20.47
17. DevOps 695
18.80
18. Powershell 338
27.55
19. ASP 333
-2.06
20. KornShell 252
7.23

TOP Operating Systems

RankOS *ScoreChange %
1. Windows 7332
7.78
2. Redhat 2849
-3.42
3. Solaris 1943
12.05
4. AIX 1217
15.46
5. Android 1082
52.18
6. CentOS 663
4.91
7. Ubuntu 406
1.00
8. Suse 365
25.00
9. HP-UX 219
5.29
10. BSD 199
25.16
11. Debian 188
-28.52
12. Fedora 93
30.99
13. OEL 36
-5.26
14. Gentoo 15
-25.00
15. Arch 1
0.00
* Includes Server and Desktop

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