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Understanding the basics for a career in cloud computing


Are you considering a career in cloud computing? The sector is filled with potential opportunities at nearly every turn. However, understanding how best to go about acquiring the right skills and qualifications is just the start, as you’ll also need to give plenty of thought to the type of workplace that will suit your needs too.

Given that the increasing popularity of cloud computing with commerce and the public looks unlikely to wane – Gartner predicts growth of 18% this year alone  – it’s an area that every aspiring IT professional should keep an eye on to ensure they are best placed to grasp the potential opportunities that are emerging.

Career options

Many administrators are moving away from self-hosted server based systems and are making the most of the cloud for corporate use. Organisations and businesses of all sizes are finding out how cloud services can benefit their productivity, streamline working practices and reduce overheads. This means that cloud computing jobs cover pretty much everything from developing and designing systems and components through to roles engaged in day-to-day maintenance issues and managing cyber security concerns.

Cloud application developers are in high demand due to the way that a wide spectrum of clients want to adopt cloud systems to their own needs. An educational background in programming and a working knowledge of the languages that a potential employer may use are essential for such roles.

Cyber security is increasingly coming to the fore for administrators so a role as a cloud security manager is another option. Having formal training and certifications, such as a ‘Certified Information Systems Security Professional’, can boost a candidate’s chances of success, but the most important factor for many employers will be evidence of tangible experience of putting these skills into action.

Perhaps the most exciting position for any IT professional with a desire to specialise, is that of a cloud architect. In this role, the big picture is what matters and building overall strategy, including adoption plans, application design and management all come under a challenging remit.

Future-proofing skills

With clients increasingly looking to future-proof solutions, a long-term outlook is vital for any IT professional working in cloud technology. The ability to move applications across a range of platforms is also an increasingly important consideration and a working knowledge of containers and their capabilities as part of a cloud strategy can be something that really gives a candidate an edge.

Whether it’s a public, private or hybrid cloud system, the application of the tech is becoming ubiquitous across both public spaces and workplace environments. This means that trained and experienced professionals are in demand, which increases opportunities for those keen to specialise in cloud-related activities.

Read our related blog: Where can cloud computing go next?

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