Cloud Jobs Looking Up!

by Andrew J
More and more companies are posting positions with the term “cloud computing” in the job description. In February, more than 5000 jobs were posted. That is 92% more than Feb.2011 and 400% more than Feb.2010. The demand for cloud computing skills is growing at such a rapid rate that the talent pool cant keep up. The most in-demand workers with cloud computing skills were the Software engineers, system engineers, and network administrators. However, they were not the only group that had cloud computing skills in need. Companies are also looking for marketing managers, sales managers, and financial analysts with those skills as well.

The bottom of this article lists the top 10 skills and top 10 certifications that employers were looking for.


  1. Oracle Java
  2. Linux
  3. Structured Query Language (SQL)
  4. UNIX
  5. Software as a Service (SaaS)
  6. Python Extensible Programming Language
  7. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl)
  8. Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  9. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  10. JavaScript (JS)


  1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  2. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  4. Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)
  5. VMWare Certified Professional (VCP)
  6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  7. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  8. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  9. Information Security Penetration Testing Professional (ISP)
  10. Cisco CCIE Voice (CCIE)

This article gave me an insight and scope of what my future could be, what direction I want to choose for my future. It showed me the kind of skills that I may want to acquire.  Of those top 10 skills list, I may only know 1 or 2 things on that list, and I dont even know them well. It shows just how much more I still need to learn in the future. As for the certifications, I guess completing my degree may not be enough. Even after I graduate, I will need to continue learning and gain some of these certifications if I want to be really competitive in the job market.

Barton, Mike. 2012, March 19. “Cloud Jobs Look Skyward, But Skills Gap is Growing”

4 thoughts on “Cloud Jobs Looking Up!”

  1. Your blog was humbling for me as well. I have none of those certifications, but the upside is that there are many more jobs available in this particular area. The availability of jobs is always a good thing and always refreshing to hear since I am nearing graduation.

  2. Great information! I was excited to have read this article and learn what to truly expect when reaching towards graduation. It’s incredible to see at what technology has become and what it requires of us. I look to be constantly striving for these skills!

  3. I am glad that I stumbled upon this post. I have been researching a lot about certifications relating to networking and security, and am currently working on my CCNA certification. I have found that most sought after certification that managers look for in an applicant is the CISSP, which is the first on the list. One thing I want to point out is some of these Certification have specific qualifications that need to be met. CISSP requires 5 years of Security related experience in order to even attempt the test. So for those of you who are planning to pursue these certifications need to plan accordingly. I believe them all to be valuable in their respected fields, but you need to focus on the one’s that will help you in your field.

  4. Sorry guys, I forgot to include the actual link. I have updated the post to include the reference.

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