Your Next Move: Linux Engineer

The world of Linux is growing and it’s looking for new up and coming engineers. If you want to perform testing and troubleshooting while monitoring system performance, then Linux engineer could be your next move.
Your Next Move Linux Engineer

This article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

The world of Linux is growing, and there’s demand for up-and-coming engineers. Linux can be a complex system to learn, but it’s a valuable skill for IT professionals. Becoming a Linux engineer means overseeing the processes of installing servers and transitioning hardware from other operating systems into Linux. Sound interesting? If you want to perform testing and troubleshooting while monitoring system performance, then Linux engineer could be your next move.

What Is a Linux Engineer?

A Linux engineer supports an organization in the following ways:

  • Work with vendors and other IT personnel for technical design, implementation and problem resolution
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure on-time delivery of fully tested and compatible devices that meet product requirements
  • Provide design guidance and support to enable optimal usage of the technology
  • Create, maintain and troubleshoot Linux instances on multiple networks, in multiple architectures
  • Troubleshoot issues with the product as reported by customer responses

The role of a Linux engineer may vary depending on the organization but overall is the same. They’re typically more needed and involved within a tech company than other organizations. Those with Linux skills are sought after in the industry which is why Linux jobs are currently on the rise. Being a Linux engineer allows you to fully support and improve an organization while operating and troubleshooting multiple systems.

How to Become a Linux Engineer

It’s common for a Linux engineer to hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or engineering or have equivalent experience. Learning Linux commands can also help you succeed in your career.

Other qualifications include:

  • Understanding advanced Linux systems
  • Having strong scripting and computing skills
  • Being fluent in programming software, systems and languages
  • Being capable of working in an environment using cloud systems
  • The ability to work with Agile practices

While these qualifications may be a bit broad, CompTIA Linux+ can help you conquer the industry.  

Certifications like CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT pros with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring and supporting servers running on the Linux operating system. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a Linux engineer.

The exam focuses on the following skills:

  • Hardware and System Configuration
  • System Operation and Maintenance
  • Security
  • Linux Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
  • Automation and Scripting
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In addition to certifications, CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the technical and professional skills needed to become a Linux engineer:

The Details

Linux Engineer Salary Range

According to Lightcast, the median advertised salary for a Linux engineer is $99,000 as of July 2022. Although, there are many factors that influence salary such as location, job level, years of experience, company size and more.

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Linux Engineer Jobs

According to Lightcast, there were nearly 10,000 job postings for Linux Engineers during the last 12 months. A small sampling of the types of employers hiring Linux Engineers include General Dynamics, Dell, Amazon, Microsoft, Raytheon, Qualcomm, General Motors, Banner Health System and Logitech.

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