These Cloud Computing Skills Could Give You The Next Career Jump

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  • At the end of last year, there were over 3.9 million jobs in the cloud computing field in America alone—and over 18 million around the world. And professionals with cloud computing experience took home a median salary of over $90,000.
  • It’s a great field to get into — but what skills do you need for a job in cloud computing? Any expertise in these 9 areas will help set you apart from the rest of the application pile.

 

  • Database Skills
  • Because cloud computing so often deals with large databases of information, being able to understand and work with database languages is crucial. SQL and MySQLare the de facto standard languages for databases, but being familiar with open-source systems like Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB is also helpful.
  • If you’re looking for a more fun way to learn some database skills, you can check out Schemaverse, a space-based strategy game in which players use SQL commands to control their fleets. GalaXQL is another great resource for learning to work with databases — the interactive app lets you practice your SQL queries and guides you along the way.

 

  • Linux
  • The Linux operating system dominates a large portion of the cloud computing world, so being familiar with it will give you a big headstart on many of your potential competitors. A good first step is to set up your computer to dual-boot with your preferred operating system (we have tutorials for dual-booting Windowsas well as OS X).

 

  • DevOps

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  • Development operations is a particular method of software development that takes the entire software lifecycle into account, from planning and prototyping to use and maintenance. DevOps is very popular in cloud computing, so understanding what it is and how you fit into it can be a big help.
  • You can start learning about DevOps by going to DevOps.com and reading their articles to get an idea of the sorts of issues at stake. Microsoft Virtual Academy provides an overview of DevOps, and Linux academy has a short DevOps course that will be helpful, as well.

 

  • Systems Automation

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  • As companies are storing and using more and more information all the time, working with it manually and on a project-to-project basis is becoming unsustainable. Developers who can automate tasks and processes are highly valuable, as they can significantly improve the efficiency of a company’s interactions with data.
  • While “automation” is a relatively vague term, you can gain skills in this area by learning about Puppet and Chef, two open-source automation solutions.
  • Puppet Labs offers a range of learning options, from live courses and certifications to self-paced online learning. It is also cross-platform.
  • Chef is another systems and cloud infrastructure automation tool with a number of interactive learning modules.

 

  • Quality Assurance
  • According to a 2014 survey by Forbes, software quality assurance was the sixth-most common request in cloud computing job postings. In short, software QA is the process by which developers and other producers make sure that the software they produce meets the needs that it sets out to and that it’s of acceptable quality upon release.

 

  • Information Security
  • The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is one of the most requested certifications in the cloud computing world. This certification is bestowed by International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc, and the exam covers knowledge on things like asset security, identity and access management, and software development security.

 

  • Project Management
  • The Project Management Professional certification is highly recognized and respected within the industry. If you have a few years of experience in project management, you may be eligible for this certification; if not, you may be eligible for the Certified Associate in Project Management certification.
  • To find out more about the PMP certification, you can visit the Project Management Institute website and read about their various certifications. There are also a number of other certifications that may be of interest, such as one in program management, and another in business analysis.

 

  • Amazon and Google Cloud Skills

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  • Being familiar with specific vendors of cloud solutions can be a big help if a potential employer already works with those companies. Because Amazon and Google cloud platforms are so popular (even the NSA uses Amazon Web Services), having some familiarity with these technologies can give you a boost in the hiring process.

 

  • The Future Is in the Cloud

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  • Many businesses are quickly transitioning a lot of their computing and data storage to the cloud, and there’s a big need for developers and other technical employees to help them with the process. Whether you’re a cloud expert or a total beginner, this is a great field to get into. Start polishing your skills!

 


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Deepika Murty

Deepika Murty

Deepika Murthy is an ECommerce Strategist and Mobile app development expert. She architected several enterprise mobile applications for veltrod clients.

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