Lately, I’ve been thinking about cloud computing jobs and the expanding number of titles I’ve been seeing in this space. Of course, everyone knows that the cloud computing market is growing. But that also means new employment opportunities and new niches in which to make yourself valuable.
I speak with cloud computing executives on a daily basis and have a pretty good idea of what they are looking for. So what cloud computing jobs should you check out? Well, that depends on your area of interest and expertise. Here is a brief rundown that can help you gauge your move into the growing world of cloud computing.
If you are a sysadmin or ops engineer: Cloud Operations
Cloud operations engineers and managers are the people we speak with most often at ParkMyCloud. They are typically the cloud infrastructure experts in the organization. This is a great field for sysadmins looking to work in newer technology.
If you’re interested in cloud operations, definitely work on certifications from AWS, Azure, Google, or your cloud provider of choice. Attend meetups and subscribe to industry blogs – the cloud providers innovate at a rapid pace, and the better you keep up with their products and solutions, the more competitive you’ll be.
See also: DevOps, cloud infrastructure, cloud architecture, and IT Operations.
If you like technology but you also like working with people: Customer Success
Customer success, cloud support, or other customer-facing jobs at a managed service provider (MSP) are in high demand. That’s because there’s a growing market of small IT providers focusing on hybrid cloud in the managed services space. The opportunities at MSPs aren’t limited to customer success, of course. Just in the past week we’ve talked to people with the following titles at MSPs: Cloud Analyst, Cloud Engineer, Cloud Champion/Cloud Optimization Engineer, CTO, and Engagement Architect.
Also consider: pre-sales engineering at one of the many software providers in the cloud space.
If you love process: Site Reliability Engineer
This title, invented by Google, is used for operations specialists who focus on keeping the lights on and the sites running. Job descriptions in this discipline tend to focus on people and processes rather than around the specific infrastructure or tools.
If you have a financial background: Cloud Financial Analyst
See also: cloud cost analyst, cloud financial administrator, IT billing analyst, and similar. Cloud computing jobs aren’t just for technical people — there is a growing field that allows experts to adapt financial skills to this hot market. As mentioned above, since the cloud cost problem is only going to grow, IT organizations need professionals in financial roles focused on cloud. Certifications from cloud providers can be a great way to stand out.
What cloud computing jobs are coming next?
As the cloud market continues to grow and change, there will be new cloud computing job opportunities. Of course, it can be difficult to predict what’s coming next. Just a few years ago, it was rare to meet someone running an entire cloud enablement team, but that’s becoming the norm at larger, tech-forward organizations. We also see a trend of companies narrowing in “DevOps” roles to have professionals focused on “CloudOps” specifically — as well as variations such as DevFinOps. And although some people hear “automation” and worry that their jobs will disappear, there will always be a need for someone to keep the automation engines running and optimized.
The cloud computing sector is exciting, growing and offers many opportunities for career growth. Determine your interests and what you can best offer an organization. The right position for you is out there!