I'm fairly new to Linux, above average in computer skills, and am looking to turn my enjoyment of Linux into a job. I want to learn the skills necessary to be a System Administrator, run Servers, write programs, etc. I have books on Linux: Linux for Dummies and Red Hat Fedora Bible. While the Bible book covers pretty much everything I am looking to learn, is it enough to get gainfully employed? Or even with all the skills learned is a Degree or Certifications necessary?
I have always taught myself. When I was young I would read Chiltons Repair Manuals cover to cover to learn about cars. And while that is my hobby, I hated it as a career. If I were to learn Linux inside out on my own would that be enough? That is my main question. And if not, how and what can I do to be more employable?
Thank you in advance for your answers and consideration! I'm in Virginia now but am open to moving, mentor programs, entry-level, etc, etc.