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Over a cup of coffee and Red Hat – Unveiling the realities in the IT Career Space

It’s a drizzle-flecked Saturday in the front office counselling desk of a reputed IT learning service providers, the counsellor bit relaxed sipping a mug of hot coffee. It was then a throb of restlessness began to penetrate into the blend of cold day and hot coffee. A young guy seems bit confused, which could be very well read from his face, entered into the cabin. On offering him a seat, the conversation began. The guy in haste posed a number of questions about his uncertainties mostly scrambled and ambiguous as he seem.  The counsellor asked him to relax first and offered a cup of coffee, later over the hot coffee they began a conversation that has unveiled most of his uncertainties clouded around job opportunities and Red Hat technologies. A small attempt is made to drill down into their conversation to throw light on few of the realities around the IT domain and Red Hat.


Madam, I am from a non IT background, but would like to anchor my career in IT. What will be a good choice for me?

Well, it is an uncertainty with many of such candidates and they often end up in wrong choice. The best choice will be to define a career in system engineering, as the curriculum is so designed in such a way that there is no need for a technical prerequisite. Since Red Hat is offering and dominating most of the IT service platforms, with a potential of More than 1.7 million employment spaces in the industrial echo system. It will be an ideal choice to fit into the Red Hat matrix.

Furthermore, if you try to fix into a coding or development segment it would be difficult to compete with those professionals with academic background in coding.

So whether you are from an IT or non IT background. Red Hat echo system will be an ideal choice with respect to career prospects and opportunities.

Mam, Something that bother me is that I do have two supplementary papers in my final degree. Will I be rejected when coming to a placement?

It’s important that you clear your academics without arrears. In most of the situation it won’t hinder you in getting a placement. Nowadays, the employer is on look of professionally skilled personals with good technical knowledge and soft skills.

We have many cases from here were the students getting placed with good job packages despite of academic arrears to clear. Last year we had a case with more than 30 supplementary papers getting placed in a reputed company (won’t like to mention the name). The only advantage he had is that he was RHCE certified.


Is certification a necessary criterion to get a placement?

Obviously, if you are looking for a high profile job or desiring to have a career growth you certainly need a certification. The non-certified professionals may get a job but there growth in the profession is found to be much less in comparison with certified hands.

Certification is considered as a credible mark of proficiency in the technology. The result of a global survey conducted among IT managers says 91% of the IT managers consider certification vital in hiring and predicting employee’s success. So to be successful in an IT career few relevant and credible certifications will be an asset.


Why do you say credible certification? Is there any other? What decides credibility?

You have asked a very sensible question. There are few certification examinations were some corrupted practice of proxy writing are happening.  

Creditability is a matter of trust. Red Hat certification examination is 100% performance based. The people taking the examination have to produce valid document to prove his identity. The examination is administered in the presence of an external examiner from Red Hat.

In Red Hat Certification the examination progress with hands on Testing under Strict supervision of examiner. The students could take the examination from anywhere globally.

The details of the examination are documented in a central repository maintained by Red Hat, so that an employer could verify the creditability of the certificate and ascertain whether it is current.


Madam, what will be the salary range of Red Hat certified engineers?

Today, Jobs in Red Hat platform are rated to be much attractive with decent salary packages and perks. A RHCE senior Linux administrator draws an average salary of $90,000 annually while for a fresher it estimated to be around $ 70,000. In India it varies with respect to the profile of the company. The positive side is that in India the requirement of Red Hat Certified Engineers are in high demand.


Mam, Can you give any assurance that I will get a placement on completion of RHCE?

Are you still puzzled about your possibilities of getting placed? There was a recent study report collected from HR managers of different cities in India. 93% of the HR cites finding the right IT candidates to fill an opening is challenging. This is because of the shortage of competent and certified hands to fill the vacancies. Why don’t you take it as an opportunity rather than getting locked in pessimism?


Madam I think, I have cleared most of my uncertainties. May I know what are the various track of Certification that I can pursue.

Red Hat has a wide range of courses designed to fit the various requirement of the echo system. To begin with the technology, you have to start your course in RHCSA (Red Hat Certified System Administrator) where you will be preparing with the essentials of Red Hat Linux administration. This course should be followed by RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer). This course will be the foundation of the journey in any Red Hat platform.

Red Hat provides a wide variety of courses in the cloud, storage, Automation and many other. Here is a consolidated list of various courses and certification by Red Hat.


Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)

Red Hat Certified Engineer in Red Hat OpenStack

Red Hat Certified Enterprise Application Developer

Red Hat Certified Enterprise Microservices Developer

Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Hybrid Cloud Management

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Gluster Storage Administration

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Data Virtualization

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Virtualization

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Enterprise Application Server Administration

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Process Design

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Camel Development

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Deployment and Systems Management

Red Hat Certified Specialist in High Availability Clustering

Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration

Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Server Security and Hardening

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Linux Performance Tuning

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Fast-Cache Application Development

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Configuration Management

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Linux Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Messaging Administration

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ceph Storage Administration

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security: Linux

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security: Containers and OpenShift Container Platform


It’s a long list, for the first instance you may design your career by fixing which space you could fit it. Whether it is in application platform or DevOps or Cloud or Datacentre and then choose your course of study and certification accordingly.


One last question, May I know the various job profile in this echo system?

Truly, it is also very important you should know about the various profiles and the roles and responsibility related to each position. You could examine the list for more details.


Server Administrator /LINUX ADMINISTRATOR/Network Engineer/Linux Engineering Admin / Linux Engineer Server administrator job responsibilities and typical tasks can include maintaining software and security updates, monitoring server activity and ensuring the availability of client/server applications, auditing server security, developing and refining processes for the ongoing management of the server and data centre
Technical Support Engineer / Associate Technical Support officers monitor and maintain the computer systems and networks of an organisation. installing and configuring computer systems, diagnosing hardware and software faults and solve technical and applications problems, either over the phone or in person.
Cloud Engineer / Cloud Admin Cloud Engineer/administrators have two primary responsibilities; configure the Cloud Management service, and monitor and manage the services. Typical day-to-day tasks of a cloud administrator: Approve change requests associated with modifications to a cloud resource.
Linux System Admin / System Engineer /Associate Systems Engineer Systems Engineer Responsibilities include Managing and monitoring all installed systems and infrastructure. Installing, configuring, testing and maintaining operating systems, application software and system management tools. Ensuring the highest levels of systems and infrastructure availability.
IDM Administrator – Linux The Systems Administrator (Identity Management) (IDM) position will work with a variety of different application owners, support individuals or teams, and vendors in developing and maintaining a reliable and secure identity management program that leverages defined processes and automation for user account management across multiple systems, with a focus on utilizing a centralized authoritative identity and account source, including authorization where applicable.
Weblogic Administrator may include tasks such as monitoring security configuration, managing the allocation of user names and passwords, monitoring the use of disk space and other resources, performing backups, and setting up new hardware and software.
Storage & Backup Architect – Linux – The Senior Storage and Backup Administrator will serve as the primary point of contact for all Storage and Backup activities. The Administrator will be responsible for the overall management, maintenance and auditing of Storage (Netapp, IBM XIV), Backup (Netapp, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) and related infrastructure (Brocade/EMC, SAN Fabric, IBM Tape, Backup staging environments).


And these are some of the companies that regularly hire Red Hat certified professionals

Wipro Amazon Web Services Hitachi Vantara Rean Cloud
IBM UST Global Tata Consultancy Services
Infosys Allianz Cornhill IBS Software Services
Red Hat Sutherland Globals STS International and Cameo Merger
Hostdime BQ Technologies A&H Infotech India
Flytxt Poornam Info Vision Tecgemini Info Services
Cognizant QBurst Technologies Polaris Consulting & Services
Mphasis VIPoint Solutions CSG Solutions India
Accenture Ernst & Young Veristics Networks
Aforeserve Admod Technologies WebMobi Network Solutions
Dinoct Solutions Bitryt Solutions IMMCO Software Solutions
Digital Interakt Perfomatix Solutions ZEAZONZ Technologies
Nelux Technologies Postiefs Technologies ServerHealers Technologies


Job Openings listed in various job portals for Linux , RHCE, System Administration & Networking skills are







 Guy with a grateful smile lit on his face replied “Cool, I am answered and now it is only matter of choice”…..The counsellor looking at his coffee mug says “oh your coffee has gone cold” …… guy with simple leer said ”Yeah…..my uncertainties too” and bid adieu.

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