Certify to Score Open Source Jobs

September 07, 2017

IT hiring managers want certifications, and are willing to pay employees more for them. Those were key findings in the annual Open Source Jobs Report released recently by The Linux Foundation. Based on a survey conducted with tech career hub Dice, the report found that a growing number of hiring managers are more likely to hire a job candidate with a certification than without one.

While the survey focused on all aspects of open source software, the findings suggest that database certifications are in demand. Big data and cloud skills, in fact, ranked high among the skills that professionals said were most in demand.

With open source skills in such demand, companies are more willing to pay for employees to become certified in open source technologies. And more employees are asking for or proactively taking training in open source technologies.

Here are the relevant findings:

* 50 percent of hiring managers say they are more likely to hire a certified professional, up from 44 percent in 2016;

* 47 percent of companies will help pay for employees’ certifications while only a third said they would be willing in 2016;

* 64 percent of hiring managers say employees are requesting or proactively taking training courses, while just 55 percent said this in 2016; and

* 76 percent of open source pros say certifications are useful to their careers.

EnterpriseDB (EDB) has a series of resources available for data professionals wishing to pursue Postgres training and certification. EDB’s training programs come with opportunities to test for certification, and provide the industry’s most recognized Postgres certification status. For information on certification, click here. Digital badges for certification are also issued to individuals to display online verifying their qualifications.

In all, EDB provides 16 training courses that cover basic Postgres, the enterprise-class, enhanced EDB Postgres Advanced Server as well as EDB Postgres tools and EDB Postgres Ark, the database-as-a-service framework. For information on training and to register, click here.

EDB also provides free training to provide a solid foundation in Postgres administration and management as well as using tools to create a modern supportive architecture with high availability, failover, replication, and other enterprise-class characteristics for durability and reliability. The two free, on-demand classes are: Postgres Administration Essentials from EDB and Building a Modern Postgres Architecture. For details and to register, click here.

As the industry’s leading developer of Postgres technology and leading provider of Postgres products and services, EDB is positioned to support data professionals with quality training and certifications. With open source hiring managers increasingly seeking validated credentials, the time appears ripe to pursue advanced training and professional certification.

Debra Brucato is Director of Services Product Management at EnterpriseDB. 

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