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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cloud Computing Jobs in Demand

The cloud is ever increasing the demand for IT professionals with the proper skill sets to handle the growing cloud sphere. Each year that passes into the framework of history, IT in the cloud is rapidly expanding like bread dough in the oven. The skills, experience and college degree are factors to consider for a job in the cloud sphere. The technology for the cloud has stabilized the major concerns but there are new threats and developments that you may uncover in the near future. What are some cloud computing jobs available to the seasoned veteran or for the rising star?

Some of the cloud computing jobs that are currently available include Enterprise Architects, Application Architects, Storage Architects, System Administrators, Security Experts and Network Administrators are only the tip of the cloud berg for the need of tech jobs in the could sphere. Each of these jobs are interlinked with one another in one fashion, they are the “glue” for the cloud and perform vital operations to maintain the cloud’s integrity and uptime for end users across the globe.

Role of the Enterprise Architects
One career among the cloud computing jobs is the Enterprise Architect; these specialists communicate between the company and the IT staff. They are charged with bringing an organization’s strategy, information technology, and vital assets and wrap it up in a nice architecture package for the current and future needs of a particular company.  Their experience is broad; this includes business management to specific IT knowledge.
What skills are needed to function as Enterprise Architect? This depends on a companies’ specific aim for the future, the general requirements cover the broad field. They include systems thinking, business management, emotional intelligence, communication, and IT knowledge and organization skills. This list is a very generic but are core components to a successful Enterprise Architect that operates in the cloud. These skill sets will carry over into the cloud easily, as well with additional skills that the individual person may possess.

Application Architects in the Cloud
Application Architects are one of the most valuable assets in the cloud computing job field. The sole software architecture of a company falls on the shoulders of an Application Architect and their team. They design cloud friendly applications for their end use and for the client’s use on the other side of the cloud sphere. Their particular experience should include on-hands knowledge with products in its life cycle, knowledge in a system environment, completion of a project and implementation on a system involving the completed project. The requirements are only general and specific skills will be different in various companies.
Some skills sets that are desirable to employers include hands on application development experience, wide knowledge of platforms, technology, planning and designing skills. If you have experience in the “cloud” while designing or implementing a project into the cloud, this will definitely add a plus to your resume. Business management and leadership roles are also key points to work on for a senior position for any type of IT job in the cloud.

Storage Architects
The primary responsibility of a Storage Architect is to design, implement and maintain centralized data storage systems for the cloud. They must communicate with several IT teams in order to develop a usable system. Storage Architects design both temporary and long-term storage solutions with input from the Enterprise Architect and other vital IT members. The bare skill sets required of a Storage Architect includes cloud storage design, implementation, communication, troubleshooting, analytical thinking, organization skills and logical thinking skills. There are advanced skills that a Storage Architect may acquire through education that may benefit them in the field and they include computer languages, computer administration or data management.

System Administrators
System Administrators are the go to people for the rest of the IT team. SA’s perform support, installing, maintenance and integration of new components.  System Administrators have to keep the physical hardware in “ready” condition for cloud deployment and for the companies use as well. Their additional tasks may include project management, light programming, and business management or as assigned by their team lead.  The cloud is simplifying itself but System Administrators still need to be on the ball, in case of malfunction and their skills goes beyond hands on. They will need to understand operating systems, applications, troubleshooting, physical hardware components and most SA’s understand programming languages to help them excel.

Security Experts
The world of computers demands security experts in every IT level of the profession. They include cloud security, network security, system security, application security and some of these falls into the aforementioned categories. The specialty jobs that focus on the deployment and integration of security for IT systems include Forensic Analyst, Network Security Engineer, Security Auditor, Cloud Security Expert and the list continues.
The skill sets will vary from job to job but they share one common attribute, a focus on preventing problems to the cloud, corporate or business computer systems. Their primary skill sets include logical thinking, troubleshooting, creative thinking, communication, design and some level of programming or development of protocols.

Network Administrators
The Network Administrator is primary responsible for a company’s networking capabilities. The hardware, configuration and troubleshooting of the network is handled by the NA. They are there to keep servers, networking and security protocols up and running for other users. The NA is the key component for a cloud environment; they must focus on the continuity of data flow to and from all users.  Network Administrators must be attentive to other departments and for any issue that may arise from a network. Their skills involve troubleshooting hardware / software for the network, design, networking theories and practices, business management, leadership
skills, technical knowledge of local components and other variations depending on the employer.

Growth of the Cloud
Every day passes like a book page and more business are attuning their systems to the cloud. The job growth for IT areas for the cloud is expected to grow over the next 10 years. Each of these jobs has potential for a great career.

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