How to build a successful career as a cloud engineer (free PDF)

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Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Cloud
Format: PDF
Demand for talented and experienced cloud professionals has been escalating, as more and more organizations are moving their workloads to the cloud. This ebook provides an overview of what the job entails, the various types of cloud-related positions, necessary skills and programming language knowledge, salary and market considerations, and information on interview preparation and training resources.

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Cloud engineers—professionals responsible for assessing a business’s infrastructure and migrating different functions to a cloud-based system—are in high demand, as more companies move critical business processes and applications to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructures. These professionals build, maintain, and link to cloud services, with a mix of technical skills, business knowledge, and experience with at least one of the major cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

To help those interested in the field better understand how to break into a career in cloud engineering, we compiled the most important details and resources.

Why is there increased demand for cloud engineers?
Named one of the most in-demand tech jobs of 2019, cloud engineers are highly sought after due to the large number of organizations moving business functions to the cloud. Some 68% of enterprise IT departments are now using public cloud infrastructure, according to a NetEnrich report. And a SolarWinds report indicated that more than half of tech pros say that the cloud and hybrid IT underlie their organization’s most important IT strategy today, since nearly all organizations are moving some workloads to the cloud.

“As companies move away from an on-premises infrastructure model to a cloud-first approach when upgrading or designing new environments, the need to hire technologists with cloud experience has increased dramatically,” Paul Wallenberg, senior unit manager of technology services at staffing and recruiting firm LaSalle Network, told TechRepublic.

As such, between 2015 and 2018, job searches for roles related to cloud computing—including cloud infrastructure, cloud security, cloud architect, and cloud engineer—rose nearly 108%, according to an Indeed report. Employer interest for candidates with cloud computing skills rose 33%.

But even with high job seeker interest in these roles, employer demand outpaces the number of qualified candidates available. Searches for the terms cloud computing and cloud engineer have risen 141% in the past two years.
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