In the midst of a weakening global economy and rampant uncertainty as to when the recession will lift from North America and Western Europe, one thing is certain: open-source technology skills may be the best hope for landing a good job. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, open source claims five of the top 10 keywords in Indeed.com's job listings, with Hadoop, Puppet, Android, and jQuery making the list, along with HTML5, a proxy for various open-source projects like ext-JS, SproutCore, etc.
But before you rip up your Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification, it pays to balance rising trends against dominant technologies.
Using Indeed.com, it's clear to see that interest in open technologies such as Drupal, Hadoop, and jQuery is exploding:
android,ubuntu,jquery,hadoop,drupal Job Trends Android jobs - Ubuntu jobs - Jquery jobs - Hadoop jobsDrupal jobs
However, the picture becomes a bit murkier when you start adding in search terms like Microsoft's SharePoint:
android,ubuntu,jquery,hadoop,drupal,sharepoint Job Trends Android jobs - Ubuntu jobs - Jquery jobs - Hadoop jobs -Drupal jobs - Sharepoint jobs
And gets even worse when throwing in "Oracle", ".Net", and "Windows":
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Are Open-Source Skills the Key for Finding a Job?
At first blush, Matt Asay thinks so, but digging a little deeper he determines that it's not so clear cut.