Hello Linux Community, do i need a degree to get an entry level job as a Linux SysAdmin ? or Linux Certificate is enough ?
Answer to the question
No, you don't have to have a degree.
To get any job, including working as a Linux SysAdmin, you'll have to demonstrate that you can leap these four hurdles:
- Can you do the job?
- Do they like you?
- Is hiring you a risk?
- Can you and they work out the money?
If you can set hiring authorities' minds at ease in those four areas, you can get the job.
A certification can demonstrate that you have a personal passion and desire to advertise competency. But building a personal lab (even a virtual one) with Linux desktops and servers, publishing articles or blogs on Linux, having a YouTube channel on Linux, strongly participating in a Linux distribution support forum, and/or donating to a Linux project would go further with me than a generic degree. All of those things take less time and money than a degree, and you'll learn more and have more fun with Linux in the process.
By the way, I have a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. I started my Linux education about 2 years ago in my personal time. I don't have a degree or certification in it. I currently work as a Network Engineer. But I have a lab with Linux OSes. I have personally helped over a dozen people in my circle of family and friends convert to Linux. I donate to a Linux distribution called Linux Lite, and I am a forum moderator for that same Linux distribution. In that forum, I have over 900 postings. Most are of me helping someone with a problem. You don't have to be a moderator to do that, and it is something you can put on a resume.
I'm not advising that you chase certifications. At this point, it wouldn't hurt. It could help your phone ring in a meaningful way. But make sure you get the experience by helping others with Linux and creating a lab of Linux virtual machines so you'll have something meaningful to talk about in an interview.