This article tracks which certifications are likely to be hot in 2006
and the RHCE certification topped the list. Interesting comment at the
end of this article on the demand for Linux professionals outstripping
the demand for general Microsoft administration skills.
#1: Red Hat Certified Engineer
Vendor: Red Hat
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 17
Buzz Score (out of 10): 8
If you're looking for yet another sign that Linux is becoming a real
player, then you've got it. While Linux certifications have regularly
made our Hot Cert list over the past few years -- in fact, the RCHE
has appeared on this list since we started it for 2002 -- this is the
first time one has ever taken the top spot. Quite a feat, especially
when you consider that the vast majority of CertCities.com's readers
are Windows professionals.
So how did this Linux title break through to No. 1? Having a stellar
reputation never hurts, and Red Hat is well known for the quality of
its RHCE lab exam, which tests candidates' hands-on skills with Red
Hat Enterprise. "It's a truly challenging certification," commented
Dulaney. "It carries a lot more respect than others in the market."
But the title wouldn't go anywhere unless its skills were seen as
marketable. And according to Morris, high-level Linux skills may be
more marketable than some might think. "These days…it seems that
demand for a great Linux person outstrips the demand for general
Microsoft administration skills," commented Morris. "Not that
Microsoft is going anyplace, but serious Linux networking is more
[rare]. While [this is] not my personal area of interest, I highly
recommend that others look at it with keen interest."