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I'm a LAN admin and I've become interested in Linux. What do you think the future demand for Linux p

I hold an electronic engineering title and right now I work in LAN admin and I don't know where to go from here. I feel that the networking field is over saturated. On the other hand I am interested in Linux but I wonder what the demand will be in the next few years. What is your view?
With an EE title, do you also have an EE degree? Given that you've been supporting W2K and XP for two years, and have a CCNA, I'm guessing you're an entry-level IT person. If you were willing to dig more deeply into Cisco stuff (CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, etc.) you might find more doors opening in network administration or infrastructure positions, than a CCNA and desktop OS experience is likely to lead you into. On the other hand, with Linux now built into platforms and products from IBM, HP, Cisco, and others, moving that way could be beneficial -- but supporting XP and Win2K won't really help you to move in that direction, either, from the work experience perspective.

I sense some mismatch between your credentials, your interests, and what you currently do for a living. Your best bet might be to look for work in some area where you can pursue your interests and leverage your credentials, then to think about what makes sense as a next career move.

This was last published in March 2004

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