8 Cloud Computing Job Roles To Advance Your Career

Dr. Venkateshwaran Loganathan, Head of Technical Training, KiTECloud computing has witnessed exponential growth in the past decade. Considered as one of the best technological innovations of the 21st century, `cloud computing' has evolved drastically from being an `out-of-reach' technology to `the way of doing business'. Organisations of every size and nature have realised that cloud computing can be the game-changer to bring strategic value to their business and stakeholders.

Naturally, the rising adoption of cloud computing will lead to the requirement of professionals with expertise in this technology. Indian companies have increased their spending on cloud computing by 4.5 times and are expected to create more than one million jobs by 2022. The global industry and job outlook on cloud computing is equally positive.

A career in cloud computing requires you to know about machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud migration and development, database, programming languages, DevOps, serverless architecture and many other IT skills. You can acquire these skills by enrolling in reputed technology institutes.

Let's take a look at various cloud computing jobs that can uplift your career path:

Cloud Engineers
Cloud engineers are responsible for every activity that falls under the purview of cloud computing. They plan, design, develop, implement, support and maintain cloud software and systems. Cloud engineering is an inclusive term and encompasses many verticals. So, depending on your educational qualifications and skills, you can choose to take up specialist cloud engineering roles such as cloud software engineer, cloud architect, cloud network engineer, cloud security engineer or cloud systems engineer.

Front End, Back End or Full Stack Developers
These are three separate job roles but related to each other. You need to have complete clarity about what each of these is to make the right career move.

• Front End Developers build the parts of the website which users can directly see, interact with, and navigate. It is commonly known as client-side.

• Back End Developers do the complete opposite. They are responsible for managing behind the scenes activities related to servers, applications and database.

• Full Stack Developers provide end-to-end services, meaning that they can handle both front end and back end responsibilities.
Data Scientists
Data scientists are expected to perform multidisciplinary duties. They use computing techniques, statistical models and sophisticated algorithms to analyse, interpret and validate vast amounts of data from different sources for organisations. They convert data into accurate, meaningful information to give actionable insights to make business decisions and solve business problems. They also find trends and patterns in data that can help organisations to improve their business processes or take proactive actions.

Cloud engineers are responsible for every activity that falls under the purview of cloud computing like planning, designing, developing, implementing, supporting and maintaining cloud software and systems

Data Engineers
Data scientists can work on data only when someone gives them access to it. Data engineers are that someone. Data engineers build data pipelines or rather infrastructure to collect data from various sources. They write complex queries through which data gets stored in multiple formats for easy accessibility and analysis. Data engineering can be narrowed down to three different roles ­ generalists, pipeline-centric and database-centric.

DevOps Engineers
Development Operations or DevOps engineers act as a collaborator-communicator between IT and operations teams. They are instrumental in reducing the software development lifecycle in terms of development, testing and deployment. They automate and streamline all applications so that development and integration can happen faster. If an organisation has a large DevOps team, there can be specialist roles that DevOps professionals can con-sider ­ evangelist, release manager, security engineer, quality assurance, software developer, software testers and automation expert.

Systems Administrator
The primary job of the Systems Administrator in a cloud environment is to configure the Cloud Management service, and to monitor and manage the cloud services. As administrators, they will be expected to work in mixed Unix and Windows virtual environments managing cloud infrastructure services and multiple cloud server instances. Dynamic configuration, up-scaling and down-scaling of instances are some of the research areas where they can explore. They also extend their support in providing assistance to the cloud servers, including security configurations, patching and trouble shooting. They also help maintain system security strategies, policies and procedures.

Java Developers
As the name suggests, Java developers hold expertise in Java, a popular programming language. They usually work with software engineers and web developers to build Java-based websites, software and applications. Right from conceptualisation and design to testing, implementation and maintenance, Java developers manage the entire lifecycle of applications. There are different types of Java systems such as standard, mobile and enterprise and also different development environments such as JEE, JSE and JME. So, the roles may vary accordingly.

.NET Developers
.NET developers design, build and implement software using .NET languages such as C#, VB .NET. They are assigned the responsibility of improving existing systems by upgrading, configuring and debugging. If there is a requirement, they even build new applications from scratch or write clean, scalable codes on the existing one. They provide technical support for all types of applications, be it desktop, mobile or web. They also maintain the process flow and document everything in writing.

Cloud computing is touted as one of the hottest technologies and will positively influence future IT jobs.