I have always been a bash or ruby scripter and very rarely used Perl. Lately I have been using Perl quite a bit and have found that it is a joy to use! There is a lot of power behind Perl and it is very widely used in the industry. I realize that Google uses Python, but Amazon.com uses Perl. When performing job skill searches on the job boards of late, I have found quite a few that ask for Perl skills.
I am taking a short break from my studies for the RHCE because I received an un-solicited request for an interview from a large company in Seattle. I will keep you all updated.