Hang on while I get my neckbeard on
I do make $90k. And I am looking, and scarily enough there are positions out there that I'm interested in, and offer to match or exceed my current salary.
But then I took current location from 0 linux hosts to over 1500 in 7 years. I started off in the unix pool, supporting HPUX and Solaris, and added linux. Its been a learning experience the entire path. I've tried to hire to fill the role. IT IS NOT easy. Enterprise skills and linux skills don't appear to be a common pairing, basementware is just not the same, and the number of middling good unix admins who have just "bolted" linux on to their resumes without comprehending the subtle differences makes me sad.
I'll agree - there are a LOT of linux positions out there, but the vast majority of them also want advanced windows skills in the same package. This is, I will note, not one of my strong points. But then I know a number of excellent windows admins who cannot wrap their heads around the relative simplicity of linux. And if they aren't actually looking for Linux +Windows they are expecting the Linux admins to have advanced skills in Jboss/Weblogic/WebSphere or php coding and perl/python/ruby coding.
The job market is changing, and folks who have their heads up their asses and think that their specialization makes them special belong on the short bus these days. You need LOTS of good general computing skills to get into any position, and **that** is where I find the gaps in my interviewees. Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, HPUX, these are all meaningless without good strong networking concepts, storage concepts and lifecycle concepts. If you don't have the tools on your belt, you will find it hard to get hired.
-- support the OS, you might want to think about digging into the app layer as well, Databases, application engines, infrastructure tools (dns/ntp/virtualization/ldap) clustering anyone? HA on linux? ANYONE? -- so hard to find... (tuxedo?? anyone out there can do tuxedo on linux PUHlease?)
Lee, if you think bolting together a hodge podge of hyper tweaked components makes you a valuable linux admin, you would loose the battle in a heartbeat with a large corporate enterprise where the word standardization was used. I've pointed this cliff out numerous times. Once you have an optimization in place that is crafted by a single individual, your entire platform is at risk, to a bus coming down the street. No matter how well documented, the next fellow that has to pick it up and run with it will have to undo the work and redo it HIS way for it to work well. That is a business expense that no corporate wants to eat. And I will admit, a lesson I learned a bit late. But I've learned it. And paid the price.
Anon since I AM looking.