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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:

We have been continuing to study the Linux job market’s skills in demand. With the latest update to the IT Skills Watch, we have gained some new insights into the IT skills that are currently required by employers of Linux talent.

In the last quarter, the most prominent change was noticed in the demand for Hadoop and database specialists. Another interesting observation is the further increase of the demand for Python programming language. Additionally, the recent IT Skills Watch indicates the continuously rising demand for DevOps Engineers.

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.

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