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Learning Path Overview

You are probably already familiar with the unmet demand for cloud computing skills in the job market but how can you forge career in cloud computing? Cloud computing jobs range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros and more, all of which require a specific focus. Now you want to figure out what the best path forward will be, given your experience, your interests, your goals, and the market needs. 

This Learning Path will introduce you to cloud computing in general, then give you insight into the three major platforms - Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft's Azure, and Google Cloud Platform - before outlining career opportunities by role. 

Start your career in cloud computing! Once you have finished up this Learning Path, you'll have insight into what the next steps for you should be, and guidance into which Cloud Academy Learning Path to pursue next. 

Cloud computing offers many opportunities to IT professionals who can leverage their existing expertise while also embracing cloud computing technology. Join Cloud Academy, study up for cloud computing exams and certification, learn to integrate a multi-cloud environment and test your skills.

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is suitable for anybody looking to start and/or further their career in cloud computing and thoroughly goes through the fundamentals.


There are no desired requisites prior to embarking on this Learning Path. We would recommend having an interest in the world of cloud computing.


What skills do you need for cloud computing?

The top cloud computing skills in demand include:

  • Cloud Migration and Deployment
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Database Skills
  • Programming Languages
  • Serverless Architecture
  • System/Platform Certifications
  • DevOps

What is the best AWS certification?

The foundational certification for AWS is the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. From here, you can take additional levels of certification:

Associate level

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • AWS Certified Developer
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator

Professional level

  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Specialty certifications

  • AWS Certified Big Data
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking
  • AWS Certified Security

How long will it take to learn cloud computing?

It all depends on your current level of knowledge within cloud computing. To obtain a degree in cloud computing, it can take as long as four years. However, there are many accelerated programs that can take as little as two and a half years.

What does a cloud software engineer do?

A cloud engineer is an IT specialist who handles all cloud computing duties including planning, design, deployment, maintenance, and support. Most cloud engineers have experience in developing and designing additional cloud-based web services.

What does a Cloud Architect do?

A Cloud Architect is an IT specialist responsible for deploying and overseeing a company's cloud computing strategy. This includes cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps


This course provides an introduction to Cloud Computing and its key concepts, deployment models, and service models.


Knowledge Check: What is Cloud Computing?


This course describes six different positions in the cloud computing industry, all of which are in high demand.


Final Exam: Considering a Career in Cloud Computing?

About the Author
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 90+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 100,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.

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