The 2012 Linux Jobs Report: Jobs in Demand

February 14, 2012 |

Looking for an edge in your search for a new job, and considering a career in tech? A new report by the Linux Foundation suggests that Linux is one of the key ingredients for getting hired. The Linux Job report notes the following facts:

  • In the United States, the unemployment rate for tech professionals is 3.8 percent, a vast improvement from 5.3 percent just 12 months ago and far better than the 8.3 percent national unemployment rate.
  • Demand for Linux talent is on the rise, but finding those professionals is difficult.
  • Mid-level Linux developers and system administrators are the most in-demand.

The survey used for the report includes responses from over 2,000 hiring managers at corporations, Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies.

Linux is a big subject area — where do you start if you want to learn about it? There’s some free Linux learning resources such as and you can check out, and the Linux Foundation has some free video tutorials.


About Ho Lin

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