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The future is in the cloud. With the rise of smart devices and interconnected everything, cloud technology and careers are skyrocketing. Because cloud jobs require out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving, cloud computing is not for everyone. But if you like to think creatively, stay on top of current technology and be interconnected; cloud engineering could be in your future.
What Is a Cloud Engineer?
A cloud engineer is responsible for implementing and maintaining a cloud system. They manage the code to keep the system running smoothly. They are also responsible for maintaining the cloud so it addresses the business’s needs fully and accurately. Cloud engineers often have a specialization that focuses on more specific tasks, such as software, network, systems or security.
What Does a Cloud Engineer Do?
- Design, maintain and operate cloud systems and applications
- Develop applications for cloud computing
- Understand the language of business and developing a cloud system to address the business’s needs
- Program code for the cloud system in languages such as Java, Python, Ruby and C++
- Plan, design, manage and support current cloud technology systems and develop a plan for future systems
- Develop a support system to keep cloud systems secure and interconnected to all devices
- Prevent data loss by implementing a disaster recovery and business continuity plan
How to Become a Cloud Engineer
Cloud engineering is not an entry-level role. It requires three to five years of work experience on top of a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. Some positions may require a master’s degree. Many positions also require certifications depending on what systems they work with. IT pros in cloud computing may benefit from IT certifications like CompTIA Cloud+ and CompTIA Linux+.
You can get into a cloud computing career from many different places, but having an IT infrastructure background will help. This may include jobs such as software developer, systems administrator, database administrator, network engineer or enterprise architect. A position as an administrator typically leads into specialist positions, which then provide the stepping stone to move into cloud. This doesn’t mean you can’t start from a different position though! Any position with network architecture and database experience is a great fit for cloud roles.
According to Burning Glass, the average annual wage for cloud engineers was $75,000 in October 2016.
Cloud Engineer Job Outlook
From 2015 to 2016, Burning Glass has seen a growth of 27 percent for cloud engineers, which is higher than average and expected to continue growing.
Job Titles Related to Cloud Engineer
- Cloud Architect
- Cloud Software Engineer
- Cloud Security Engineer
- Cloud Systems Engineer
- Cloud Network Engineer
- Cloud Consultant
- Cloud Developer
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