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The Future of Cloud Computing Jobs

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Via Resource founder Tor Macleod shows his insight on the cloud computing jobs market. Many readers will be aware that finding cloud specialists is becoming harder for businesses. Below i will shed some light onto the challenges employers face in this sector and why choosing a recruitment partner with experience o the market is key to finding the resource you require.

Right now, cloud computing is probably the hottest field to get into for any technical professional. The cloud is a major buzz word amongst big business and smaller organisations alike. With the world embracing the cloud there has been a massive boom in cloud related jobs. Reports on the US job market show just how much the demand for cloud skills have increased. This August there were 10,000 US job posts requiring cloud computing experience or knowledge, an increase of 92% form 2011 and by 400% since 2010!

…finding cloud specialists is becoming harder for businesses.

This years software 500 saw, 5 cloud companies added to the list. Cloud computing and management services are the number one for employer growth within the software industry with a massive 1828% increase in employees in the past year. IT Services and Consulting, second place, showed an increase in employees by a comparatively small 355%.

If you consider that these statistics only account 5 companies whose primary business is cloud and not positions within organisations, then the actual number of cloud jobs is much higher.

So what are the the most posted cloud jobs?

1. Software Engineer

2. Senior Software Engineer

3. Java Developer

4. Systems Engineer

5. Senior Systems Engineer

6. Network Engineer

7. Senior Java Developer

8. Systems Administrator

9. Enterprise Architect

10. Websphere Cloud Computing Engineer

But you don’t have to be an engineer to be a part of this vastly expanding job market, there is also demand for other positions with cloud knowledge- marketing managers, sales representatives and market and research analysts to name a few.

What you need to know to get a cloud job?

The most required skill on technical job posts is ‘cloud computing’, here are the other most common requirements for a technical cloud job:

1. Oracle Java

2. Linux

3. Structured Query Language (SQL)

4. UNIX

5. Software as a Service (SaaS)

6. Python Extensible Programming Language

7. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl)

8. Extensible Markup Language (XML)

9. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

10. JavaScript (JS)

Other skills and certifications wanted

1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

2. Project Management Professional (PMP)

3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

4. Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)

5. VMWare Certified Professional (VCP)

6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

7. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

8. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

9. Information Security Penetration Testing Professional (ISP)

10. Cisco CCIE Voice (CCIE)

What is the future of the cloud job market?

With fears over the security of the cloud subsiding more and more companies are set to join the cloud. A recent report predicts that jobs generated by cloud computing (globally) will increase from 6.7m to 13.8m by 2013. Creating a108% job growth within the UK alone.

With more cloud jobs than there are cloud technicians to fill them, there has never been a better time to be a cloud professional. If you are looking for a job then there are plenty to choose from- but how do you know which is the best for you. For businesses it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the talent that they need. It is important to know where to look, and time your jobs effectively to ensure you secure the top talent.

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