Linux Remains a Recession Proof Job Niche

Posted by raislinux2 on Apr 7, 2010 12:55 PM EDT; By Andrea Cordingly
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In the United States, reveals 4,981 job listings for Linux (at the time I am writing this article), with 1,722 new postings placed this week. Removing more vague "Linux" jobs postings and explicitly finding "Linux server" roles, I find that currently there are 2,068 job listings with 722 posted this week. Although software development remains one of the main roles for Linux experienced technical staff, there is an increase in the number of Engineering specific roles. These numbers have been nearly consistent over the past year.

In this article, Andrea explores some of the most recent Linux job postings and determines that Linux is a very good niche to be in during these economically strange times.

Few people still live in a fantasy bubble where the problems with economy have eluded them. Each conference I attend, and each meeting I sit, there are people talking about the latest cuts, a cousin who just got laid off, an unexpected bill that caused stress, etc.

So why is it that when I attend Linux meetings, or sit in a conference room surrounded by Linux administrators I feel a geeky air of optimism?

Instead of fishing around for qualitative answers, I dove right in and began to investigate just what the jobs market looks like for Linux professionals.

What I found was surprising, even to someone expecting Linux to fair well in tough...

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