I am seeing jobs offered where knowing a thing or two about BASH and working on cloud servers is very helpful. Usually this means AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, but the experience setting up on a Linode vm also counts! Probably there will only be more of this going forward, especially as more activities move to the cloud. And jobs pertaining to cloud work tend to lend themselves to working from home (a fast growing trend, for some of the wrong reasons).
I’m feeling lucky. I was upset when I tried to help @princec out with setting up JForum2 on a Linode and made a hash of it, last August. In October, I signed up for my own Linode, and got Jetty working as a secure web server and Postfix/Dovecot working for email. It only took a couple months. :
But on the basis of being able to legitimately point to these accomplishments, I’ve been able to say I have intermediate bash/server-scripting skills, and was given credibility on that by the engineer-lead that interviewed me recently on a job. There’s still a lot to learn and understand, of course. But getting far enough to have secure cloud services up and running IS significant and worth the effort.
If you are one of the people who started taking this path, or is considering setting up a virtual server, maybe the thing to do is go for it! There’s only going to be more work on the cloud in the future.