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What's the source of sluggish career advancement for Linux system administrators?

Has your Linux sysadmin career stalled? Take this poll to find out the source.
Barriers to career mobility

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What are the greatest barriers to career mobility for Linux system administrators?

263 votes tallied
Limited opportunity for advancement
100 votes
The need for education or certification
34 votes
Lack of soft skills
18 votes
No clear job description
41 votes
Offshore outsourcing
18 votes
Soft job market
7 votes
Poor personal choices
9 votes
No desire for advancement
23 votes
13 votes

I know a lot of Linux sysadmins who work 60, 70, or more hours per week who rarely see the light of day and even more, rarely see a bonus or hear a "thank you." It's no wonder there's massive burnout and job turnover, but now it's time to get to the heart of the problem and find out why. Career mobility and advancement are two big reasons and I suspect that others feel that same pain. Let's find out the source of the career advancement question.

I know that not everyone wants to progress into management, but there needs to be something to look forward to in your career other than all-nighters and weekend on-call. Career advancement has to be a topic of conversation for system administrators and employers.

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Ken Hess

Ken has used Red Hat Linux since 1996 and has written ebooks, whitepapers, actual books, thousands of exam review questions, and hundreds of articles on open source and other topics. Ken also has 20+ years of experience as an enterprise sysadmin with Unix, Linux, Windows, and Virtualization. More about me

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