Certifications are a valuable item in this economy, and are useful to bolster and reinforce a background in supporting your chosen environment.
There are a number of certifications, both in type and in provider:
- HP Certifications (including HP-UX)
- Red Hat Certifications (including RHCT, RHCE, RHCA, and others)
- Solaris Certifications (including SCSA and others)
Of course, there are many others. One very good source for quite a few certifications in a broad range of areas is Brainbench. The Brainbench certifications are excellent, but I wouldn’t let that stop you from going for the software developer’s certifications either – get both.
Once you have earned your certifications, you can put them on your wall or in your résumé – or both. The certifications will help, though they are only one of the items that interviewers will look for: most important is hands-on day-to-day experience. However, certifications help give you an advantage over the competition. Go for it!