Linux is a computer operating system which is based on free and open source software. There are many different varieties of Linux and they are all based on the Linux kernel which was the first operating system to be released on October 5th, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. The popularity of Linux has increased ever since and more and more users are using this alternative software on a daily basis. As this open source software is now becoming a bigger part of our daily life, there has been an increase in Linux jobs, especially when it comes to becoming a Linux engineer.
Linux runs on a wide variety of computer hardware, from mobile phones, tablet computers, televisions, video game consoles, desktop computers and supercomputers. Linux is one of the biggest leading server operating system which runs the 10 fastest supercomputers around the world.
The role of a Linux systems engineer is to design and implement Linux-based Internet web server set ups. A Linux systems engineer will typically work with a company’s lab systems design team to create a computer network.
Having qualifications in mathematics and sciences at an advanced level is preferred. You will need to have a great understanding of computer science and particularly physics to have a successful career as a Linux engineer. It is also really important to have an understanding of as many computer programming languages as you can. The more you know, the easier the job will be in the long run.
It is important to try and gain as much experience as you can. Most senior positions ask for a few years of experience in a professional environment. You can always build up a good portfolio and further your skills by working freelance as well as at your ordinary job.
There are a wide variety of jobs which relate to Linux software such as; Junior Embedded Linux Engineer, Senior Embedded Linux Engineer, Linux/PHP/LAMP Senior infrastructure Engineer, Linux Infrastructure Engineer, Software Engineer plus many more. You can look to be earning anything from £25,000 – £50,000 a year, or even up to £300 a day. But like most jobs, the closer to London, the higher the wage will be.
Linux is developing more every day and it’s becoming a leading operating system for many companies around the world so why not get involved in the software revolution today!