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Considering a Career in Cloud Computing?

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You are probably already familiar with the unmet demand for cloud computing skills in the job market but how can you forge a 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 course 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 course, you'll have insight into what the next steps for you should be, and guidance into which Cloud Academy course to pursue next. Cloud computing offers many opportunities for IT professionals to leverage their existing expertise while also embracing cloud computing technology.

If you have any feedback relating to this course, feel free to reach out to us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of cloud computing
  • Learn about the various career opportunities that cloud computing has to offer

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for anybody looking to start and/or further their career in cloud computing and thoroughly explore the fundamentals of it.


This is an introduction course and there are no prerequisites for taking it, however, an interest in the world of cloud computing would definitely be beneficial.


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.

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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 250+ courses relating to cloud computing reaching over 1 million+ students.

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.

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

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