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Old 02-03-2017, 02:15 AM   #1
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Is Linux Job a great and rewarding career?


Anyone here currently working in a Linux system admin or engineer job and care to share your title, salary and how did you become valuable with your job?
 
Old 02-03-2017, 04:09 AM   #2
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Anyone here currently working in a Linux system admin or engineer job and care to share your title
Senior Systems Engineer - Linux.
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salary
Market rate.
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and how did you become valuable with your job?
By being good at it.
 
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:29 AM   #3
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Computers are going to take all those jobs.
People been telling me that as long as I've been in the business. Which pre-dates Linux by a good few years.
 
Old 02-03-2017, 04:41 AM   #4
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Is **any** job a great and rewarding career?
Yes, if you do it perfectly and you enjoy your daily work...
You need to like that and beeing good at it.
 
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:03 AM   #5
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I've been in the software / consulting business for over thirty years now, and to me it comes down to: the Client (or Employer).

You're doing something for those people which is vitally important to them and to their business. I feel a tremendous responsibility to do it very, very well. And therefore, "my good reputation precedes me."

Even though "digital computing machinery" has evolved fantastically during my career, the fundamentals have not changed at all: people use these computing machines to do what nothing else can do, and they implicitly rely on you to cause the machines to do their work flawlessly. You might or might not encounter the people who benefit from what you are doing, but they are always, always there.

I like to say that I made a career from what is still(!) my hobby. I am still fascinated by what these contraptions can do, even as they went from being the size of a bread-box (or larger), to something that takes a magnifying glass for these tired old eyes to see. They're still "das komputenmachin, which is nicht für gerfingerpoken und mittengrabben," although alas "das blinkenlights" are gone.

If you feel that way too, then it's a great career to be in. But it is by no means an easy one. It is much harder than it looks.

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Old 02-03-2017, 10:19 AM   #6
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Senior Systems Engineer - 20 years - more than average pay.

I'm not going to type out the banal platitudes that come to mind when talking about careers and happiness. I'd rather offer something that I consider a bit different and is one of the reasons I'm paid well.

I job hopped a lot in the beginning as a contractor. In each place, I went to the highest paid and most respected and most knowledgeable person on the team and asked what they were good at. Then I spent a considerable amount of time teaching myself those things AND asking for their tutelage.

Rinse and repeat for about 20 years,.. and keep going. I'm still going through the process. I like it - its interesting - its rewarding.

I'm proficient with Windows, Linux and Networking, and I enjoy working with them all.
 
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Anyone here currently working in a Linux system admin or engineer job and care to share your title, salary and how did you become valuable with your job?
Yes.
None.
Lots.
Skill.
 
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:31 AM   #8
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wzlinux, please tell us a bit about your Linux work(value)/experience/interest/goals/etc. Thank you.
Welcome and Best wishes.
 
Old 02-05-2017, 08:13 AM   #9
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Anyone here currently working in a Linux system admin or engineer job and care to share your title, salary and how did you become valuable with your job?
If you do a search here at LQ, you will find loads of replies like yours. Along with some very good answers.

System Admin can be very challenging, rewarding and financially stable for persons willing to put the work into the position. Preparing oneself for a system admin requires someone to be inquisitive, curious and good communication admin skills. You can develop these skills but without drive you will soon fail. I like these;
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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We Know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."- Samuel Johnson

"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them." -Albert Einstein
I will not share my income achievements nor my skill set. My toolbox is mine and will only share it with a select few. A good admin will setup his toolbox along his/her career. Sometimes some sharing when necessary but most times contain it and use it too his/her advantage. I was lucky early in my career to have a great mentor who helped turn my skills to mine and the companies advantage.

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"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life…that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Habits as skills will hopefully turn to your advantage by someone who knows how to tune that instrument. You can memorize but that will not necessarily lead you to knowing a subject.
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"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them." -Albert Einstein


Theory is when you know all and nothing works. Practice is when all works and nobody knows why. In this case we have put together theory and practice: nothing works... and nobody knows why!” - Albert Einstein
Work hard but also work smart!

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 02-07-2017, 09:21 AM   #10
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Linux Sys Admin here

Sharing salary with co-workers is a good idea but sharing it entirely out in public isn't. Just check local laws prohibit companies for punishing you for sharing your salary with co-workers, it highlights who is underpaid and allows employees to push for fairer treatment. I will say I started at the bottom on leaving college, it took months to find an actual job role and it wasn't specifically Linux but I built up from there.

Being lazy and having pride in what I do, sounds kinda counter-intuitive but by lazy here, I don't mean 'not working' but rather taking my time to make sure everything works and thus ensuring I am not constantly busy. The energetic approach is to fix an issue fast and quick but then that issue will likely keep re-occurring whereas making sure you fix things correctly then you keep things running smoothly. Also if you are constantly busy you are going to fall behind in a career where keeping up the pace with new developments is kinda important. I see many people in the industry, in engineer and developer roles who dunno what PHP-FPM is when they are looking to rollout php based sites, haven't even checked what options there are and end out with horribly unoptimized solutions. I take pride in my work and ensure everything is running on technologies they are meant to be using, no php_mysql for me, thank you.

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