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Linux certifications on demand

In continuing our evaluation of data from our skills watch, the next area of exploration is certifications. Much has been written over the years about the positives associated with obtaining a certification, and the effects it has on ones career trajectory. With that being said, the most important piece of the equation is whether or not corporations are putting the same value on that certification. Beside a desire for knowledge, one wants to know if that accreditation will result in a positive return on investment. After all, a lot of the certifications in existence do not come cheap.

In a nutshell, the data shows that in fact there is not an increase in postings requiring certifications over the last couple of years. As one can see below, if it were graphed, it would be a little bit of a roller coaster ride. But, if anything, there appears to be less demand for most certifications as time goes on. It almost appears to be a feat of strength if a certain certification can just maintain the level of interest over the years:

Software engineers are very often confronted with a critical career choice question: Which programming language is best to learn today for the upcoming future? The choice between programming languages is even harder to make if two contesting skills are similar in their nature, which is exactly the case of Python and Perl.

Therefore, rather than talking about technical differences of Python and Perl, we will discuss the employer’s demand for these two programming languages in the context of IT skills required in the Linux job market.

LinuxCareer's IT Skills Watch tracks IT skills demand leaning towards the Linux and Unix environment and reports the IT skills that are required by employers seeking Linux talent. Furthermore, the skills are sorted by the frequency they appear in such job advertisements. This report aims to extend the study of the IT Skills Watch by identifying which skills are grouped together in IT job advertisements. By employing cluster analysis LinuxCareer.com identifies 10 relatively different groups of skills that can be linked to IT job categories. The winner set of IT skills is also identified, which suggests the most popular, in terms of demand, IT qualification.

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