Get Your Head in the Cloud: A New Demand for Skilled Employees

Get Your Head in the Cloud:  A New Demand for Skilled Employees
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Loraine Burger

Last updated June 29, 2017


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The cloud computing market is growing at a breakneck speed and shows no sign of slowing down. As the industry grows, so do the opportunities for people who know how to use the technology. In 2018, spending on public cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server and storage spending growth, according to market research firm IDC.

Cloud computing, which powers an increasing number of digital services and devices, allows many computers—in any number of locations—to operate as one giant machine. The IT job market reflects this trend, and companies now face the challenge of finding people who can manage these systems. In a survey conducted by cloud management company RightScale, a lack of resources and expertise is the biggest challenge regarding cloud computing.

To support the expanding adoption of the cloud, businesses require skilled employees. Online education aimed at certification is a convenient and effective way that both aspiring cloud experts and organizations can get ahead, but not in over their heads, with cloud technology.

Emerging Markets Causing Job Titles to Evolve

As cloud computing emerges as the dominant mode of delivery for business IT needs, job titles and skillsets also evolve. Future solution architects, system operators, application developers and security managers can all benefit from online learning solutions designed for working professionals.

Students can train to become certified on the Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure platforms in addition to mastering skills like DevOps. With 3.9 million cloud-related jobs in the U.S., and 385,000 of them in the IT sector alone, the decision for IT professionals to take advantage of the growing demand for cloud experts is easy.

Cloud computing jobs also command the biggest salaries in tech. According to Computerworld’s IT Salary Survey 2017, the average compensation for cloud computing jobs is $129,743.

Online Learning: The Fastest Path to Cloud Certification

As organizations struggle to keep their IT departments staffed with employees who understand cloud computing, upskilling current workers with certification courses is an excellent option. For individuals, becoming certified on one or more cloud platforms greatly increases marketability. With such fierce competition for talent, employers who provide opportunities for professional development are in an excellent position to recruit and retain the workforce they need to profit.

“As more and more of the tech industry moves to the cloud, preparing IT professionals to meet the challenge will continue to be incredibly important,” says Bernard Golden, cloud expert and Advisory Board Member of Simplilearn.com. “Using online education to prepare for certification is an excellent option for working students and their organizations.”

What’s Ahead in the Cloud?

The decision about whether businesses should adopt the cloud for business software has already been made; 93% already use it.  As more organizations migrate their IT needs to the cloud and reap benefits, IT workers with the right skills gain job security. The good news is, there are plenty of cloud certification programs to help IT professionals who want to increase their chances of landing a lucrative position.

Still, even with one or more certificates, the field is new and technology is constantly changing. Successful cloud computing experts will always be at least partially self-taught. And with so many digital education options, it’s easy to stay on top of tech trends with enough motivation. The opportunities are out there, and for many, that’s motivation enough.

About the Author

Loraine is a content marketing specialist with more than ten years of experience in technical writing, content management, social media strategy and analytics.


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