Tuesday, October 16, 2007

According to Study, Noncertified Engineers Make More Than Certified Engineers

There was a recent posting on SearchEnterpriseLinux that refers to a study by Foote Partners that concludes non-certified engineers are compensated better than certified ones. Overall, this should not come as a shock to people out there.

Generally, from what we witness, certified people tend to have less overall experience than non-certified engineers. That does not mean that is the case every time, but it is most of the time. And, it makes perfect sense. As I have written about in the past, the person with less experience is going to garner the greatest reward by attaining a certification. Essentially, this solidifies their knowledge to date. Corporations tend to use this as a barometer of ones skillset that are lacking significant time in the field.

However, as the person achieves more professional experience, the need for a certification does not really exist. Their work history is the primary measuring stick that companies look at for senior level positions. That is not to say that certification is going to hurt them, but it does not provide them the boost it does one that is lacking significant work experience. Therefore, if you are a senior level engineer and you desire to get a certification, great. Is it needed? Only in very rare situations.

If anyone has any open source related certification questions, you are welcome to send me an email. Or, you can visit us on our IRC channel, irc.freenode.net #hotlinuxjobs . We look forward to hearing from you!

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