Help needed researching sys admin careers

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Hi! A SearchEnterpriseLinux.com reader sent us the following question. Can anyone out there help? Thanks! "I am a student U Mass Lowell, USA. I am researching for an MIS project on Windows vs Linux. Can you provide any information (proferably statistical data/percentages) of the number of System Admin jobs available (or otherwise)for Linux vs Windows? Do you know if the number of jobs is increasing or decreasing in each? If you can't provide the info, can you point me to a resource that can? Thanks Much."
ASKED: April 14, 2005  3:30 PM
UPDATED: April 15, 2005  2:07 PM

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From my experience system administration market for windows based server is pretty much a dime a dozzen where as for linux there are a lot of jobs available for that type of work. If you are wanting to go on to system administration it would be good to get exposure to windows server admin, novell netware (which it is a force to be reckoned with) and linux (www.debian.org). Linux you can download for free go to www.linuxiso.org

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  • AlexFrench
    Hi, I was recently outsourced(!) and am a senior windows techy sort of person. All I can tell you is that ratio wise I see it as about even - Linux may require more jobs currently but there are less jobs to be had as a whole (e.g. 100,000 Windows jobs compared to 35,000 Linux jobs) - the recruitment requirement varies. The current thinking, however, is that while we strive to network everything (toasters, fridges, microwaves - even computers!) your location is irrelevant. Yes, outsource was not enough. Outsource to a network support center based in India or China because the network makes support possible from anywhere. DON'T work in IT. We are giving it to cheaper nations. /Cynic.
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