Career Spotlight: Cloud Engineer

August 19, 2019
Author: Stephanie Ludwigsen

Median Annual Wage (2018): $109,020/year or $52.41/hour

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

Field of Study: Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering

Work experience in a related occupation: 5 years or more

Job growth through 2026: 6 percent (average growth)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Cloud Engineer

By 2022, 75 percent of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform, with only 5 percent ever being considered for repatriation to on-premises, according to Gartner, Inc. What do these stats mean? Cloud Engineers will become much more vital to production.

There are a few names to describe this position from cloud architect, to cloud engineer and computer network architects, but they all perform similar tasks. They are responsible for designing and building data communication networks, including local area networks (LAN’s), wide area networks (WAN’s), and Intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers.

Other job responsibilities include:

• Leading cultural change for cloud adoption

• Developing and coordinating cloud architecture

• Developing a cloud strategy and coordinating the adoption process

• Create plans and layouts for data communication networks

The cloud engineer is now a mandatory and critical role within IT organizations. Technical professionals focused on cloud computing must understand the responsibilities and requirements of the role and must develop the necessary skillsets for long-term success. Demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their information technology networks.

“Ultimately what this shows is that the prominence of the cloud service provider infrastructure, its native offerings, and the third-party offerings that run on them is assured,” said Donald Fienberg, research vice president at Gartner. “A recent Gartner cloud adoption survey showed that of those on public cloud, 81 percent were using more than one cloud service provider (CSP). The cloud ecosystem is expanding beyond the scope of a single CSP—to multiple CSPs—for most cloud consumers.”