Linux certifications to boost your career

Is it your dream to pursue a career in IT? If so, you need to understand one of the most flexible and widely used operating systems around: Linux. No computer specialist worth their salt can afford to skip Linux, as it is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic operating systems in the world.

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What is Linux?

Linux is simply an operating system just like Mac OS or Windows, but there are some key differences. Probably the biggest distinction is that Linux is, and always has been, offered 100% free of charge. The next most significant difference is that Linux software is open source, that means:

  • The software can be used for any purpose – including commercial purposes – free of charge
  • Information about how the program works is in the public domain and users can toy with the software
  • you can legally re-distribute copies of the program with no limitations
  • If you make changes to the program that people like, you can distribute your modified version as well

Linux comes in a range of different distributions and servers such as Ubuntu Linux and Ubuntu Server, Linux Mint, Deepin, Fedora, and openSUSE. These range from modern graphical user interfaces to old-school command line functionality.

While Linux started its life very humbly, it is a dominant force these days. Linux is used to run phones, cars, smart refrigerators, and much more. Most of the internet runs on Linux, as do most of the world’s stock exchanges and the majority of supercomputers used in advanced scientific labs.

What are Linux certifications?

As the importance of Linux grows, employers are more interested than ever in hiring IT professionals who understand this open-source operating system. There are a number of companies who offer Linux certifications, but Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is one of the best and most respected.

Who is the Linux Professional Institute?

The LPI’s mission statement is about professional development and knowledge sharing. But more than that, they are part of a growing movement seeking to remove the gatekeepers and make open source knowledge and skills universally accessible. As well as helping people to become certified at an individual level, LPI sees itself as part of a global movement to level the economic playing field by sharing the most valuable resource of all: knowledge.

LPI offers a wide range of certifications from basic introductory exams to advanced training for established IT professionals. Their certifications include:

  • it-cci-lab-1Linux Essentials
  • DevOps Tools Engineer
  • Certified Linux Administrator
  • Certified Linux Engineer
  • Linux Enterprise Professional
    • Mixed Environment
    • Security
    • Virtualization and High Availability

Why are Linux certifications important for IT careers?

Just like the other certifications you can gain through CC’s Computer and Network Administrator program, Linux training is essential for IT professionals at any stage of their career because they:

1. Prove you have the skills

Getting your certification from LPI will demonstrate the skills and knowledge you are across in a tangible way. Rather than having to detail all your proficiencies in a cover letter or resume, you can focus on your strengths and let your certification fill out the story.

2. Set yourself apart

Linux talent is in high demand and, according to the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Jobs Report, 89% of employers report difficulties in finding open source talent. By getting a respected certification, you’ll stand out from the crowd and make their job easier. Certifications efficiently tell employers about the skills you have while simultaneously demonstrating your drive and commitment.

3. Earn more, now and later

Research has shown that people with certifications generally draw higher starting salaries. Ongoing certification is also a reliable way to increase your chances for promotion and career development. IT professionals specializing in Linux systems receive higher than average salaries.

  • The average salary for a Linux systems administrator is $70,194 – and that can go as high as $100,000.
  • Linux system engineers earn around $78,571 to $100,000.
  • Senior Linux system engineer salaries averaged $101,097 — if you work your way to this level even the low salary is great, at $77 000, and the high end is $140,000 or more.
  • Payscale estimates that Linux skills will boost the salary for any networking professional by around 6%.

4. Close the experience gap

One of the most difficult aspects of landing an entry-level job is the experience gap. Employers want you to have experience, but you can’t get experience without a job – or so the old Catch-22 goes. But with entry-level Linux certification training, such as that provided by CCI Training, you can gain experience and demonstrate it, even if you’ve never worked in the field.

What is included in Linux Essentials?

The Linux Essentials certification from LPI is an ideal stepping stone to help you land your first job in IT. Linux Essentials demonstrates an understanding of:

  • Free and Open Source Software and the various associated communities and licenses
  • Knowledge of open source applications and how they relate to closed source equivalents, especially in the workplace
  • Basic concepts of hardware, processes, programs and the components of the Linux Operating System
  • How to work in the command line interface
  • Creating and restoring compressed backups and archives
  • System security, users/groups and file permissions for public and private directories
  • How to create and run simple scripts.

How will CCI help me get Linux certifications?

Whether you have some experience with Linux or are a total novice, it’s always a good idea to train before attempting any certification. CCI Training Center can help with a comprehensive course that will get you ready for the test. Taught by certified, experienced Linux instructors, our course will teach you to understand, create, edit, and manage open source and various distributions of Linux.