According to a Forbes article based on an IDC report, “almost 1.7 million cloud-related jobs went unfilled in 2012.” What cloud computing skills do IT professionals need to ensure gainful employment?
We see a number of in-house IT technical roles beginning to diminish; we believe that cloud job losses will be replaced by cloud job gains. However, new skill sets will be required. For example, organizations are shifting from lower level IT skills that “keep the lights on” to business-oriented, revenue-enabling skills.
Here are our top three picks for cloud-based IT jobs in demand:
Cloud computing project management:
We selected cloud-based project management because more enterprises are moving applications to the cloud. Additionally, more business units are driving cloud use because they see opportunities to generate revenue, gain a competitive advantage and lower operating costs. Companies still need IT support to understand the technological details behind cloud migration, and they need IT support to make the business-friendly case. A cloud project management role not only ensures a successful migration, but also monitors that the business benefits are achieved.
Cloud computing systems administrators / business analysts:
These occupations are shifting to more proactive roles, as opposed to simply keeping the lights on. As more enterprises face the consumerization of IT and implement BYOD policies, it becomes a greater priority to understand the impact of these policies and ensure the business benefits they promise. That’s where cloud system administrators and business analysts play an important role — they help the business understand the implications of cloud deployments on costs, security and other risks. In some ways, this role is morphing into a hybrid of conventional systems administration and DevOps, as more sys admins become responsible for application performance.
Cloud computing architects:
This is an interesting role within the enterprise, as it takes on more than cloud design. It involves a keen understanding of the service aspect of the cloud, and requires background in IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, SOA and other developmental skills. The cloud architect molds business solutions from public, private and hybrid clouds by architecting the IT supply chain that supports the business need. So in this role, you’ll not only design the business solution, but also the interfaces that enable it to work effectively in the cloud.
As cloud adoption gains critical mass, more cloud-based IT jobs are raining down. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 22 percent job growth from 2010-2020 in the fields of information security analysis, web development and computer network architecture – most of which are affected by cloud adoption.
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