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osOpinion: Will UNIX Certifications Ever Catch On?

Dec 19, 2000, 08:15 (1 Talkback[s])
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"A search for UNIX system administration jobs on Dice.com will show you how unimportant UNIX certifications are. Certifications for Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, other UNIXes and UNIX in general exist, but recruiting agencies rarely ask for them."

"I have worked in six different companies in Silicon Valley for the past three years as a UNIX sysadmin, including both small and large shops, and in not one place have I found managers who viewed certifications as important. I have not met one sysadmin who had a certification, or even considered having one."

"There are four main reasons why UNIX certifications will never catch on. One, there are too many different UNIX flavors and platforms (Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, IRIX, BSD, etc.). Certifications are used by human resources departments and other hiring bureaucracies to cubbyhole people for a nice fit. But should a BSD wizard be less considered for a job simply because he or she has never worked with System V?"

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