In such a dismal job market, any news is good news and looks like one particular group of job candidates has something to look forward to. Job candidates with Linux skills have seen more opportunities than many industries but according to the PCWorld article “Good News for Job Hunters in Android, Linux, and Open Source” the market just got a little brighter. The article highlights three reports that have talked about the growing popularity of DevOps and the bright future for people skilled in Android, Linux and open source software.
Jennifer Cloer the author of “Top Five Tech Jobs Point to Opportunity for Linux Pro’s” talks about Robert Half International’s latest salary guide, which lists the tops five most lucrative tech jobs for 2013. According to the guide, next year’s most promising jobs are mobile app developers, wireless network engineers, network engineers, data modelers and portal administrators. Cloer points out that the one thing that all of these jobs have in common is that individuals must have a fundamental understanding of Linux. Another report “Open Source Hobbyists Now in High Demand” by Brian Proffitt talks about the Open Source operating system Contiki. The third report mentioned came from IT careers site Dice and it named several key skills that were experiencing record levels of demand.
Software development and quality assurance lead the list, but among those next in line are Python, Ruby on Rails, Android, and JBoss. In short, ‘technology professionals with these skills and expertise are being sought like never before on Dice. It’s time to take advantage.’
Open source skills are definitely in high demand as companies such as LucidWorks continue to grow and look for the best and brightest employees. Looks like the open source job world is wide open.
April Holmes, October 23, 2012