How Cloud Computing is Changing the Job Market

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We all see how cloud computing is changing the IT world. More and more companies take advantage of the benefits that the cloud can provide, and the request for cloud professional is continuously increasing. Actually, cloud computing is driving a change in the nature of jobs too, both in the IT department and in other parts of the enterprise as well. Therefore, getting insights into cloud computing hiring trends is great to understand where the market is going and what skills are mostly required.

Wanted Analytics is a leader in the field of business intelligence of the talent marketplace. Their cloud computing-related jobs analysis says that the Hiring Scale for positions that mention the term “cloud computing” is 72, (the higher the score on the scale, the greater difficulty employers are having in finding the right applicants for their open positions). Further, the average salary range for cloud computing jobs is $90,650 to $110,800 according to Wanted Analytics data.

A stronger connection between business and IT roles

One of the most evident effects of the shift to the cloud is that there is a growing demand for professionals with a more balanced focus on business development and application development. An interesting 2011 study from CA Technologies shows that 71% of CIOs who adopted cloud computing, compared to only 44% of non-cloud adopting CIOs, see their position as a viable path to pursue other management roles. Greater opportunities are arriving for Enterprise Architects, Cloud Service Managers, Cloud Capacity Planners, Business Architects. In many cases, the managers and professionals working with the cloud will be in charge of delivering the infrastructure to support the next generation workflows and processes, quite a strategic role with big responsibilities.

The job market is getting broader and more diverse for software engineers too, in a world where even smartphone games take advantage of cloud storage. A quick search through job ads and you will find job positions for Cloud Specialists who “will provide design, engineering, and expertise of the cloud environment”; Cloud Computing Architect “seating in a critical role to drive the architect/design and implementation for cloud-based solutions”; Cloud Computing Systems Engineer that “will be a member of the system engineering team and will support an initiative to transition internal services to a cloud computing environment; Cloud Alliance Manager who “focuses on the overall, ongoing management of  cloud computing service provider partnerships”.

Cloud computing will get even more important in the future, where massive storage capacity and calculating capacity will be required by Big Data a field that many IT Executives agree on being a major trend in 2014. According to ECPI University’ Kenton Scearce, “cloud computing is a bigger focus for organizations of all sizes“.
TriNet’s Jason Langhoff sees “a continued shift to cloud-based computing and tech workers versed in cloud-related tools and architectures will be at an advantage“. Wintellect’s Steve Porter lists cloud engineers in the top IT jobs for 2014, as he sees “more and more enterprises embracing the cloud, so naturally, engineers with cloud expertise will be more in demand.”

Definitely, the right time to improve your knowledge and test your cloud skills .

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Andrea Colangelo

Software Engineer with a solid focus on QA and an extensive experience in ICT. Above all, Andrea has a very strong interest in Free and Open Source Software, and he is a Debian and Ubuntu Developer since years. Non-tech interests include: Rugby, Jazz music and Cooking.


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