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What does the cloud industry hold in store for aspiring job seekers?

Cloud computing as a concept has been around for a long time, and it’s constantly evolving nature has given way to a big growth spurt in terms of industry penetration and job growth. For enterprises of all sizes across the world, cloud computing has the potential to cuts costs and improve efficiencies through virtualization and a range of managed services and automation.

In 2018 alone, the cloud industry market has been valued at $186.4 billion by Gartner, a 21% jump from the previous year. At this rate of growth, the coming years are bound to see an increase in job opportunities for skilled professionals.

Almost every company today needs to maintain some kind of cloud infrastructure (or at least outsource it to another company) to maintain all their data, and there’s a whole army of experienced professionals that keep the cloud show running. Let’s take a look at how these roles contribute to the cloud environment, and what kind of skills you’ll need to thrive in these roles.

Entry/Mid Level Roles

Cloud Engineer & Cloud DevOps Engineer

Role Description

A Cloud Engineer needs to manage existing cloud infrastructure, create new infrastructure for new applications, migrate existing application components to one or more cloud platforms, automate cloud operations using Infrastructure as Code techniques while monitoring, reporting, fixing and optimizing all cloud resources and processes.  

Required Skills

Knowledge of cloud platforms like AWS

DevOps & Automation

Monitoring & Logging Tools

Agile Processes and Techniques

Cloud Costing and Resource Optimization

Scripting Skills

Cloud Native App Developer

Role Description

A cloud native app developer is skilled at designing and building microservices based modular applications that leverage the many benefits of Cloud, DevOps, Automation, Cloud Design Patterns, Microservices base architectural practices and Serverless. Cloud native doesn’t mean that everything is done and deployed on cloud, but is rather an app development approach that follows the principles and techniques listed above.

Required Skills

Microservices Architecture (Patterns and Principles)

API based Development

Discovery and Invocation of RESTful services

Architectural Patterns (e.g. Circuit Breaker etc)

Pipelines,Authentication, Logging, Monitoring

Advanced Deployment Techniques

Monolith to Microservices migration

Experience with Agile software development methods

Experience deploying services on Service-Oriented Architecture platforms

Programming Stack with either Java, Ruby, Python, .NET etc.

Senior Cloud Roles

Cloud Presales Consultant

Role Description

This is not a completely technical role but the job of a Cloud presales consultant requires significant understanding of cloud platforms and services, apart from having a having an understanding of the features and benefits of technical products.

Pre-sales consultants spend a lot of time with potential customers trying to understand their challenges, requirements and business road maps.So they’ll need to be able to compare pros and cons of a particular product or a set of features. They’ll also need to be able to compare multiple cloud services and recommend the best fit for the customer. This is a business-tech role that requires skills which are quite broad, and not necessarily deep in terms of technical hands-on expertise.

Required Experience

Proficient understanding of multiple cloud platforms (AWS, Azure and GCP)

Understanding of latest tech developments like Containers, Big Data, DevOps, Analytics etc.

Understanding of Cloud Economics and Financials

Knowledge of Cloud Adoption & Migration Practices

Cloud Architect

Role Description

The role of the Cloud Architect is to design, build and create reliable global scale cloud systems, (app and infrastructure) for their organizations or customers. It’s a senior role which requires a multitude of technology and business skills.

Required Experience

7-10 years of IT experience

Proficient understanding of multiple cloud platforms (AWS, Azure and GCP)

Understanding of latest tech developments like Containers, Big Data, DevOps, Analytics etc.

Understanding of Cloud Economics and Financials

Knowledge of Cloud Adoption & Migration Practices

Solid understanding of industry trends and best practices

If you are looking to enter into the Cloud computing domain, you’ll need the right knowledge and credentials. Great Learning’s PGP course in Cloud Computing is the best place to start.

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