Let the cloud lift your tech career


When you write about the workplace of the future, it’s easy to focus on the jobs of the future — that is, jobs involving technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, that have yet to become common across most enterprises.

Still, make no mistake: There are and will be plenty of jobs opportunities and career paths available in technologies that already are an integral part of IT infrastructures for enterprises of all sizes and in multiple industries. One of those was seen as a “future” technology not so long ago, but now is an integral part of enterprise life (and personal computing). I’m talking about the cloud.

Cloud professionals are in high demand and short supply these days. LinkedIn recently analyzed data from its more than 500 million members to identify the areas where companies are most in need of employees with tech skills. Here are the top five:

  1. Cloud and distributed computing
  2. Statistical analysis and data mining
  3. Middleware and integration software
  4. Web architecture and development framework
  5. User interface design

Every one of those areas is critical to an enterprise’s success, and there’s cloud computing at the top. The reason is obvious: Nearly every enterprise has some kind of cloud element to its IT infrastructure because cloud deployments provide the flexibility, agility, and scalability enterprises need to compete in the digital age.

LinkedIn also ranked the specific hard skills most in demand, again based on an analysis of job postings. Heading the list is cloud computing, followed by AI, analytical reasoning, people management, and UX design.

Forbes contributor Louis Columbus adds some numbers to the cloud computing employment picture:

$146,350 — the median salary for cloud computing professionals in 2018

50,248 — the number of cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers

“Demand for cloud computing expertise continues to increase exponentially and will accelerate in 2019,” Columbus writes. That demand is driving up cloud salaries: The median salary of $146,350 in 2018 is nearly 18% higher than the median salary of $124,300 in 2016.

Bottom line: If you have the cloud skills, you can pay a lot of bills! And if you don’t have the cloud skills, fear not: Many enterprises are so desperate for workers who can keep their clouds up and running that they will train you or pay to have you learn. There are plenty of cloud courses online to get you started. Finally, here’s a list of “six hot cloud computing certifications for 2019” from GoCertify.

Your cloud opportunity beckons.


  1. Jim Fagan says:

    Hey Chris,
    When I started in IT, there were only three job:
    Computer operator, management/PM, computer program. The later was me. Now there are over 50 occupations.
    Jim Fagan
    Retired, DXC Technology

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