Will the Cloud Ruin Your IT Career?

As the emphasis shifts from localized data centers to cloud storage, traditional IT workers have to rethink their place in the office. Others have to reinvent themselves as those skillsets are just no longer in demand.

Jobs that Are Shifting

Remember all of those development projects that you just did not have time to complete because you were busy writing code? Remember how long it took to get a test environment set up for a new project?

Developers are going to benefit heavily from a shift to the cloud. All of those projects that always seemed nice to think about, but never able to get addressed, are now fair game. Instead of waiting for systems programmers and DBAs to provision servers and databases, developers are going to be able to spin up an environment in hours, or minutes, and deploy embedded software solutions or connect to APIs in the cloud.

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Jobs That Are On the Outs

Remember those all-nighters that you had to pull making sure that all of the new server hardware was up and running before the morning crew got in on Monday? What about those weekends you spent upgrading Oracle or SQL server because the old version was no longer going to be supported? Those tasks are simply moving away from the office.

Roles that are focused on operations are going to have to reinvent themselves. Instead of spending time adding hard drives and upgrading processors, they will now be working on technologies that focus on the business specifically.

The same could be said for database administrators and similar software specialists. Instead of having to worry about the minutiae of database administration, DBAs will free up their time to be able to do actual database design.

Brand New Cloud-Focused IT Roles

With new technology comes new opportunities. IT departments are never going to go away; they are just going to evolve.

The system engineer is going to give way to the cloud engineer. Instead of dealing with the nitty gritty of hardware, cloud engineers are going to deal with virtual machines and how to integrate them with the cloud OS.

Cloud architects are going to take the place of systems architects. Instead of looking at server and network design, the cloud architect will look at software as a service for their platforms. They will work to integrate public and private clouds for their business.

David S. Linthicum of Cloud Technology Partners picked what he believes are the hottest cloud job skills:

  • Container developers and architects – If you have Docker, Rocket, Mesos or Kubernetes skills he said you’re in high demand.
  • Cloud data scientists – The cloud made big data systems more affordable. This demand relates to cloud-based areas such as predictive analytics, machine learning and the Internet of things.
  • Cloud-based DevOps experts – Combining development and operations in the cloud creates high demand for job seekers who understand all of those worlds.

Read more of Linthicum’s insights on InfoWorld.

Even more jobs “in the cloud” continue to have significant demand, such as migration skills. Millions of businesses are considering or actively migrating on-premise infrastructure to the cloud. There’s always a need for security, and in the cloud, it’s no different. (ISC)2’s Certified Cloud Security Professional credential should be your top goal, Ed Jones wrote on Cloud Computing News. Learning database skills, starting with SQL, can be valuable to get hired as well.

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