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Linux Journal: Where the Jobs Are

Sep 17, 2002, 13:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Connie Winkler)

"The Linux skills set used to be a sure ticket to a top system administrator or developer job, paying as much as $100,000, and ome desperate Silicon Valley firms went as far as adding bonus cash or cars. "Even two years ago, when people were scarce, putting L-i-n-u-x on your resume along with your other skills meant you were going to get the job", said Jeff Markham, metro market manager with RHI Consulting in San Francisco.

"While today it's still true that Linux/UNIX administrators may find jobs faster than Microsoft NT/2000/XP administrators--one mid-2002 study found a proportionally stronger demand for UNIX skills--the job climate has changed dramatically with the technology meltdown.

"An informal survey of employers, employment recruiters, contracting firms, universities and Linux pros shows that job hunters now find: stiffer requirements, a tighter market, leveled salaries, new job responsibilities and new thinking on certification. They're more likely to find jobs in the Midwest than in the traditional technology hotbeds of Silicon Valley, North Carolina's Triangle and the Pacific Northwest. And, recent graduates and older workers (in this case, that's over 39) may have the most difficult time..."

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