Salary Survey PLUS — Linux

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Linux certification is the best.Apple once used a whole family of fearsome felines (Lion and Tiger and Leopard — oh my!) as the spirit animals of its Mac OS, a fiery fox (with a Gecko sidekick) helps hundreds of millions of visitors surf the web each day, and Horton the Elephant inspired the charge of fast-growing Big Data software firm Hortonworks. By far the mightiest beast in the IT jungle, however, isn’t even a jungle creature at all. It’s a roly-poly penguin. The penguin is the internationally recognized symbol of Linux, the open-source operating system — or family of open-source operating systems, really — that can be found just about everywhere.

To the average computer user, typically greeted by a Windows or Android login screen upon firing up their personal computing device of choice, Linux is nearly as mysterious as Bigfoot. In the IT realm, however, and particularly beneath the surface of the internet, Linux is as commonplace as cows on a dairy farm. It’s also one of the hottest buzzwords in IT hiring, with demand for Linux-savvy professionals far outstripping supply. If you can prove that you know your stuff when it comes to Linux, then you can command a fat salary at the negotiating table. And what better way to prove that your skills are up to snuff than with a certification?

How much can you add to your income with a Linux certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or bonus. And certain high-paying jobs may require certification as a prerequisite to being hired. We’d like to help you join the Linux gold rush.

Welcome to the fifth in our new series of surveys, begun last year, that are aimed at smaller targets. We’ll still bring out the big bullseye at the end of each year for our annual Salary Survey. In between, however, we’ll take a more focused look at organizations and companies that offer certifications, or at certain types of certifications.

For the upcoming Summer Edition of Certification Magazine, we’re taking a look at Linux certifications. All of them. Linux is a relatively broad term, but enough people need to know the nuts and bolts that there are more than 25 certs on the market (with still others almost certainly in development). If you hold one or more of those credentials, then please pull up a chair. This will only take a minute.

BIG THANKS to everyone who participated in our Big Data certification survey. Watch for the results to appear the forthcoming 2015 Summer Edition of Certification Magazine.

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Certification Magazine was launched in 1999 and remained in print until mid-2008. Publication was restarted on a quarterly basis in February 2014. Subscribe to CertMag here.

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