Cloud computers are solely responsible for design, development and support organizations’ rapidly changing paradigm of cloud computing solutions. The term cloud computing is not familiar with some people yet. Cloud computing technology is very simple, on-demand and pay-as-you-go type distribution of IT resources over the Internet. Cloud computing technology has changed the IT processes of a business-like data storage mechanism, processing system, web-based activities under the supervision of an effective off-site management personality which leads to higher efficiency, ensuring better security, lowering down the cost, increased mobility and many other benefits.
So, we have a very basic understanding of cloud computing, the way it works and its purposes. Let’s dig down some career options of cloud computing for job seekers. For cloud computing, the most renowned job title is ‘Cloud Engineer’. This particular job role includes Cloud Developer, Cloud Architect and Cloud Support Associate. A brief description of the job roles of these job positions are given below:
- Cloud Developer: Cloud Developers are busy with coding and developing software in order to bring the architect’s layout to life. Cloud Developers work hard by merging usual programming knowledge in one or more of the landing cloud platforms’ development environments to build, implement and configure cloud-based applications.
- Cloud architect: Cloud Architects design the infrastructure and distributed applications that will be executed on the cloud. The key challenge to come up with the design and optimise the cloud computing layout of an organization is to blend the business foresight and technical know-how, at one place.
- Cloud Support Associate: Cloud Support Associates are trained to work for the service provider of cloud technology. It includes a host of jobs at globally renowned and well-reputed companies like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Microsoft and so on.
Job Description of Cloud Engineers
The path to becoming a cloud engineer is not an easy task as this cloud technology still seems new to many organizations and IT companies, across the world. Followings are some common job roles for Cloud Engineering skills-sets:
- Cloud Solution Architect
a. Taking care of the organization’s cloud computing strategy.
b. Examine in house systems for important migration to the cloud.
c. Forecast the potential costs, benefit and Return of Invest (ROI) from the adoption of cloud computing.
d. Have a clear understanding of the concept of cybersecurity and their impact on serverless resources.
e. Be able to work in a blended cloud environment like public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions.
f. It is recommended that Cloud Solution Architects are able to work with the evolving technologies that are relevant to cloud computing like AI (Artificial intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning).
g. Cloud Solution Architects must have excellent soft skills while managing projects and solving complex problems.
· Cloud Application Developers
a. Develop, deploy and configure cloud-based applications.
Applicable have required skill and experience no at least one or more cloud applicable programming language like Java, Python, .Net, Ruby and R
b. Be familiar at least one or more Software Development Kits (SDK), provided by the leading cloud vendors
c. Having a clear concept on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
d. Considering the impact of cyber threats, while working no securing Applications.
e. Be able to reverse in-house engineer programs and repackage into cloud-native apps.
f. Sometimes, Cloud Application Developers are required to have optimum skill in database development using Database development tools like SQL, MySQL, Hadoop, TensorFlow and so on.
g. Posses’ adequate knowledge of evolving container management platforms like Docker and Kubernetes.
h. Cloud Application Developers Should be able to follow the methodology of work in order to bridge the gap between operational staff and developers with an aim to produce better apps in an efficient and faster manner.
· Cloud Support Associate
a. Taking care of day to day administrative work of client’s cloud-based solutions.
b. Configure and troubleshoot technical problems that employ the cloud vendors.
c. Assist the clients to properly deploy and install cloud computing solutions.
d. Provide solutions of any problem through telephone, chat, email and sometimes even, on-site.
e. Computer Support Associate must be familiar with working on more than one Operating System, like Linux, Windows, Unix and so on.
f. Clear understanding of AI (Artificial Intelligence), Data Analytics, ML (Machine Learning) and IoT (Internet of Things) is a must to work with the cloud vendors.
g. It requires them to have excellent communication skills in both verbal and written form in order to assist clients.
h. Basic to advanced level of computer programming skill is a must for Computer Support Associate professionals.
Despite some generic job descriptions mentioned above, it is expected that all cloud engineers are expected to have the following key qualifications while working as a Cloud Engineer:
- Have a clear understanding about the services and terminologies about the concepts and terminologies used across the widely used public cloud services like Infrastructure as a Service (IasS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing Stack, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and so on.
- Cloud Support Associates must be familiar with popular and most commonly used cloud vendors like Amazon Web Service (AWS), Google cloud platform, Microsoft Azure and so on. A significant number of businesses deploy solutions from different providers at once, so there is no alternative for Cloud Support Associate to learn working on multiple cloud platforms.
Average Salary of Cloud Engineer:
On average, the Cloud Engineers are getting paid around £92,326. Following is a list of average salary getting paid by Cloud Engineer at different job roles:
- Cloud Systems Analyst : £65,171
- Cloud Support Associate : £65,947
- Cloud Security Engineer : £74,482
- Cloud Engineer : £92,236
- Cloud Developer : £96,981
- DevOps Architect : £106,292
- Cloud Architect : £109,395
- Senior Cloud Engineer : £113,274
If you consider the salary on an hourly basis, you may find that a Cloud Computer Engineer is earning around £44,999.
The Academic Requirement of a Cloud Engineer depends on the job role and type and pattern of cloud solution, used in the organization. Followings are a breakdown of academic requirements, depending on the types of cloud computing career.
- Cloud Architect
Hiring Managers are looking forward at least for a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering, Computer Network Engineering and/or similar fields. Professional development courses on server less architecture, cloud computing, agile development, database management, system analysis and so on could be considered as an added advantage for the candidates. In most of the companies, it is a senior-level IT position, which requires higher academic qualifications like a Master’s degree or MBA (Management in Business Administration). Expected graduate-level major in this subject matter includes strong business foresight and strong capacity of personal management like MIS (Management Information System), BI (Business Intelligence) and so on. Professional training on soft skills like Leadership management.
- Cloud Developer
The academic requirements of cloud developers are usually a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science and/or relevant field of study. Cloud Developers are also expected to have in-depth knowledge and skill on high-level programming languages like Python, Java, Perl, PHP, Ruby and so on. A working experience or deep understanding on machine learning, artificial intelligence, software and database development and application lifecycle management will be considered as an added benefit for cloud developers, as well.
- Cloud Support Specialist
A Bachelor’s degree in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Management in Information System is a must for Cloud Support Specialists. Both the vendor specific and vendor neutral certifications on cloud technology will be considered as an added advantage for Cloud Support Specialist, as well. The key coursework that the hiring managers are looking for inside a Cloud Support Specialists are System administration, virtualization, information security, technical writing, cloud computing and so on. Soft skills like interpersonal communication and problem solving attitude is a key competitive advantage for Cloud Support Specialists, as well.
Degrees, Training and Certification
It is not an easy task to find colleges and universities that are offering specialized courses on cloud technology. Though you may find some such colleges and universities, you will find several training institutes who are offering state of the art training facilities for Cloud Engineers. You may contact us, as we are offering both online and instructor-led classes for the courses designed for Cloud Engineers. Once you have successfully completed the course, we will help you prepare a state of the art CV for your job placement purpose. Our job placement program is a part of our course, and we are working in collaboration with a significant number of IT companies across the UK.