2017 Cloud Career Trends

Are you planning to search for a new career in cloud technology in 2017? If so, you are not alone! According to CIO.com, top tech talent will begin a new job search in 2017 in order to advance IT skills (69%), gain a more competitive salary (64%), work at a

company that prioritizes IT (40%), or because they are burnt out from a current position (40%). Spiceworks contributed to the list, adding freedom to work from home (24%) and working with a more talented IT team (26%). New career paths are expanding rapidly in IT. Puppet reported a steady 22% increase for DevOps during the last two years with a guarantee to continue growing. Cyber security continues to be a top concern for organizations of all sizes, and agile practices are beginning to spread from startup organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Staying up to speed with the latest tech trends and skills will clear the path to success for your career. Are you plugged in with the top cloud career trends for 2017? Check out the list below to see if your dream job is waiting for you!

DevOps Engineers

According to Dice.com, DevOps is one of the hottest IT careers for 2017. With a steady growth rate since 2014, the demand is high but the current talent pool is low.

DevOps is an enterprise software development phrase used to mean a type of agile relationship between Development and IT Operations. The goal of DevOps is to change and improve the relationship by advocating better communication and collaboration between the two business units.

Current DevOps engineers reported making the leap to the new position from deployment automation, infrastructure automation, and version control. In addition to this information, Puppet’s State of DevOps report also found that DevOps practices improve organizational culture and boost employee engagement. This position has the potential to make a positive impact for clients and the employer!

Software Application Architects

Application architecture is the process of defining a structured software application solution that meets all technical and operational

requirements, while optimizing common quality attributes such as performance, security, and manageability. ComputerWorld predicts the growth rate for the profession at 28%, with average job growth rate coming in at only 10%. Cloud applications are growing at a tremendous rate. By 2020, over 50% of all new applications developed on PaaS will be IoT-centric, disrupting conventional architecture practices.

Integration Engineers

Techopedia defines integration architecture as a “software architecture that facilitates the integration of multiple IT components.” This

architecture, referred to as EAI, changes with the advances in cross-platform utility and other development paradigms for new kinds of digital operations. A spike in the necessity for this role is due to cloud-based architectures becoming more popular. With multiple methods of integration available based on project scope, there is plenty of room to learn and grow in the position.

PwC predicted the need for on-demand integration architects in 2010 in Tech Forecast Driving Growth with Cloud Computing. “For any enterprise seeking to achieve the transformative growth possible from becoming an extensible enterprise, the integration process will need to be on demand and fungible.”

Data Engineers

The demand for data engineers has surpassed the need for data scientists leading into 2017. In fact, data engineering is currently the most in-demand skill set in the world of big data.

A large part of the increase in demand is due to the spike in machine learning advances. Data engineers work with machine learning, big data, business intelligence, and the pursuit of innovation within organizations, making it a necessary position for companies of all sizes. Data engineers are helping bring big ideas to life, making this a coveted position for data-obsessed problem solvers.

Cloud Engineers

Cloud adoption is escalating and engineers are one of the top necessities for organizations making the leap. Ofer Gadish, CEO and Co-Founder of CloudEndure, believes “…we are going to see many more enterprises migrating to the cloud in 2017.

The cloud is finally mature and secure enough for enterprises, and its myriad of benefits outweigh any limitations.” According to TechTarget, “the cloud engineer position can be broken into multiple roles, including cloud architect, cloud software engineer, cloud security engineer, cloud systems engineer and cloud network engineer. Each position focuses on a specific type of cloud computing, rather than the technology as a whole.”

Gartner also highlighted the following booming tech careers in 2017:

  • AI and Advanced Machine Learning
  • Intelligent Apps and Intelligent Things
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Adaptive Security Architecture

Do you have the skills listed above and want to expand your 2017 career goals? Are you looking for the opportunity to transition into cloud computing? Relus is hiring for our own team, as well as open positions for our clients. Reach out to us today to discuss your future in cloud computing!

Originally published at reluscloud.com on December 6, 2016.

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