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I'm not sure what your definition of 'very few' is, and I'll admit I haven't done a statistically valid survey of the data, but I can tell you that there are perl jobs that are exactly what you describe. In fact, the one I'm in now was specifically looking for a person with 1-2 years of Perl experience for the primary task, although the person would also be a backup sysadmin for the department (only 3 IT folks in the department)

Here's the exact text (bad capitalization included), except for company info removed:

PERL Programmer / Sys Admin Position at {LOCATION}

{COMPANY} is seeking an intermediate-level PERL programmer for a full time position at the {DEPARTMENT} at {LOCATION}

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • developing and maintaining PERL software for near-realtime receipt of spacecraft data from a remote mission operations center
  • LINUX system administration
  • administering Apache Web servers
  • supporting {DEPARTMENT} team members on data archiving and access tasks

Successful candidates will have a Bachelors Degree, preferably in a computer-related discipline with 1-2 years of work experience developing PERL software. Proficiency with Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a plus.

US citizen or permanent resident status is required for this position.

(um ... I had ~8 years of Perl experience at that point ... I'm still not sure why I applied for the job, other than boredom from having been unemployed for a few months ... and I had heard good things about the location)

Now, from a project development standpoint -- keeping people on site makes sense -- when you need something, you can talk in person, not through e-mail, or have to fly someone in. It might not make sense for all companies, but for some, it does. (especially when you require security clearances, which results in multiple months before you can get full access)

Oh -- and I'm in the Washington, DC, area ... and the dc.pm mailing list normally has a posting or two per week for people who are primarily Perl programmers.


In reply to Re^2: Easiest city to find Perl work: by jhourcle
in thread Easiest city to find Perl work: by jacques

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