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Dice.Com Bullish on Linux Career Prospects
Posted on: 03/21/05
by Vance McCarthy
Leading online jobs site Dice Inc.'s latest metrics on Linux jobs shows an
upbeat picture. Dice found strong growth in demand, salaries staying strong,
especially in high-tech centers -- and vis-à-vis many areas of traditional
IT. Open Enterprise Trends takes a look at the numbers, and talks with Dice
CEO and president Scot Melland on their importance.
First, some stats:
Linux Job Postings on Dice: -- As of February 1, 2005 there were 3,800 jobs
on the Dice.com site requesting Linux. This is up 21 percent since the
beginning of the year and up 230 percent since January of 2004.
Linux Salaries: -- Overall, tech professionals with Linux skills reported
earning $70,200, 6.8 percent more than the U.S. average of $67,800.
* The most common titles (and salaries) for Linux professional were:
Sysadmins ($63,600); software engineers ($79,400), and IT managers
* Average Linux salaries in 2004 were down 2.6 percent from 2003.
* Full-time workers with Linux skills reported earning $67,400.
* Contractors reported average hourly rates of $53 per hour and average
salaries of $82,000.
* Linux salaries were highest in Silicon Valley at $92,600. This is 10
percent higher than the overall average in the metro area.
Recent Linux Polls from Dice.com:
Question 1: In your opinion, which tech field offers the most potential for
those just starting out? (January 2005)
An Open Enterprise Trends Interview with
Dice CEO, President
OET: What trend(s) do you see in Linux job demand that suggest to you the
next wave in Linux opportunity? (security, network management, data
integration, web services, etc.)
Melland Of the 3,848 Linux jobs currently at Dice:
771 jobs are for systems administrator positions (about 20%);
1045 are for programmers/software engineers (about 30%);
273 require a security clearance; and
Many of the jobs request experience in multiple operating systems. (2,240
request Linux and UNIX; 1,685 request Linux and Windows; and 1,015 request
OET: As Linux becomes more popular, what steps (training, project
management, etc) would you suggest Linux expert sysadmins consider to stay
ahead of the "job curve"?
Melland In order for system administrators to remain valuable to their
employers, it's important for them to keep their certifications up to date
and to remain very involved in the project management aspect of their
position. By being highly specialized and involved in client-facing
management work, it would be less likely that these employees will be
Although experience is still much more important than certification, as
fewer than 500 of the jobs on the Dice website mention certification and
most still don't require it, many candidates are embracing this technology.
As a result, certification will likely become an increasingly important
differentiator for Linux pros. By holding a Linux certification, candidates
will be able to distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded
marketplace from other tech pros with Linux experience.
OET : Do you have any indications that some of the leveling off in Linux
salaries are a result of increased availability of Linux experts (via US
training or off-shoring)? Did you get any metric on "plans to hire" Linux
Melland In 2004 average Linux salaries were down 2.6 percent. However, as
the overall demand for tech workers increases in 2005 as we expect it to,
salaries for Linux workers will likely increase as well.
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