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Six Hot Linux Certifications for 2018

Linux 2018 coderIn that case, you could go after the CompTIA Linux+. Employers seem to really like this certification. Another quick perusal of job boards brought up 5,000 plus open positions with an average starting salary around $77,000.


The nice thing about Linux+ is that it isn’t tied to a specific platform, and achieving it requires passing just two exams, the LXO-103 and 104, respectively. Each exam measures your skills in basic Linux, from commands to networking and once these tests are passed, you can concentrate on pursuing some higher-level credentials.


The SUSE Enterprise Engineer (SCE) in Enterprise Linux is a nice “next step” after Linux+. It validates a high degree of operational skill in the day-to-day administration and configuration of Enterprise Linux. While this specific certification doesn’t have a huge presence on job boards, it does command an annually salary range of $100,000 to $140,000 depending on experience and locale.


The exam is practicum based; you will have to perform several tasks, typically five or six, within two-and-a-half hours.


The SCE is a great step, and required for this next certification, the SUSE Enterprise Architect or (SEA). In addition to what you mastered with the SCE, the SEA adds a healthy dose of cloud technology. Achieving it requires you to pass six separate exams. (For more information on the exams, click here.)


Fortunately, there are a lot of employers looking for individuals with an SEA. I found more than 11,000 open positions referencing skills covered by this certification — it’s easy to see why the average annual salary exceeds $100,000.


An SEA is valued for its unique ability to cover any landscape and skill set requirement and touch on any platform. Employers are eager to talk to anyone that has had the perseverance to achieve this certification and greatly value that skills that a person would picked up doing so.


As migration to the cloud continues, 2018 promises ample career prospects and solid salaries for Linux certified IT pros. This is a good time to explore your possibilities. As always, good luck and happy certifying.



Nathan Kimpel PhotoNathan Kimpel is a seasoned information technology and operations executive with a diverse background in all areas of company functionality, and a keen focus on all aspects of IT operations and security. Over his 20 years in the industry, he has held every job in IT and currently serves as a Project Manager in the St. Louis (Missouri) area, overseeing 50-plus projects. He has years of success driving multi-million dollar improvements in technology, products and teams. His wide range of skills include finance, ERP and CRM systems. Certifications include PMP, CISSP, CEH, ITIL and Microsoft.