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LinuxPlanet: Many Certifications, Many Jobs?

Oct 29, 2002, 19:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Oh, there are Linux jobs out there; it's just that they're much more likely to call for a bachelors in computer science than a Linux certification. In my analysis of 500 Linux job postings on Monster.com, the Washington Post job section, HotLinuxJobs, and HotJobs, only 1% of Linux jobs asked for any certification and when they did the most popular was the RHCE.

"Instead of certifications, what employers want are people with four year computer science degrees and three years and up experience in Linux.

"What are certifications for? Well, according to Evan Leibovitch, president of the Linux Professional Institute, in a recent article in Certification Magazine, have a 'single specific purpose. They are intended to separate the people who "know their stuff" from those who don't.'

"Most employers think of all certifications, with the exception of Cisco's, as being little more than minimal standards. The most common attitude seems to be, 'We still have to train them no matter how many pieces of paper they have..."

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