CRN published one of those slideshow articles revealing “The Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs For 2021.”

Spoiler alert: Cloud engineers are in the most demand, earning an average annual salary of $118,000. Of course, “cloud engineer” could mean many different things in many different organizations. Let’s just say it’s someone who knows a lot about cloud computing and is also a hands-on problem solver.

The great thing about cloud computing is it has been in demand for the last 8 to 10 years, depending on what aspect of cloud computing you wanted to specialize in. As the demand rose, so did the number of those in and outside of IT who sought a cloud computing career path. I’ve seen teachers, cops, social workers, stay-at-home-parents, and those on very different career paths pivot to cloud computing, and most have done well.

To that end, I have some very general but very pragmatic advice about managing your career in the cloud. Let’s examine a short list:

Get on-the-job training. You can certainly sit through in-person or online courses on cloud computing and be able to talk the talk, but you still need real-world training to walk the walk. Of course, the core complaint is, “You can’t get a cloud job without experience, and you can get experience without a job.”

Partially true. My best advice is to work with a training company, college, or university that supports placement. Those who are willing to get certified in AWS, Microsoft, or Google will find someone to hire them, even at a lower-than-average wage. Make sure the company that gives you your first chance also has some sort of training path and quick career advancement. You’ll find that the ones that care for their valued employees provide both. However, it’s still on you to impress your employer.

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