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Want to be a Cloud Engineer?

Are you good at analyzing data and solving problems? Do you enjoy working in teams and have good negotiation skills? Then cloud engineering may be the right career for you!

What is Cloud Engineering?

Cloud systems are data storage systems that exist within the internet, rather than traditional physical servers. Today, many organizations are migrating data storage away from physical servers to cloud-based systems, which provide greater security, easier and faster access, and improved flexibility and storage (among other benefits).

What does a cloud engineer do?

Right now, cloud engineers are in popular demand, and organizations are having a hard time finding them. A cloud engineer is an IT professional whose job is to analyze an organization’s infrastructure and shift various functions to cloud-based systems. 

Cloud engineers have unique skills: they need to have the technical acumen to migrate infrastructure from physical storage to the cloud, make sure the data in the cloud is secure, and develop best practices. They also need to be able to skillfully negotiate with cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, which provide cloud services to organizations. Since cloud engineers work closely with IT professionals during the migration process, good communication skills are also important.

How do I become a cloud engineer?

To become a cloud engineer, at a minimum, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology. Many cloud engineers have extensive experience with software development and understand a range of programming languages, including C++, Python, Java and AngularJS. Increasingly, these professionals are also required to have skills in cyber security. 

How much money do they make?

On average, cloud engineers make $96,000 a year.

Who are some famous cloud engineers?

Influential cloud engineers include Andy Jassy, Senior Vice president of Amazon Web Services, Leyla Seka, Senior Vice President of Salesforce.com, and Aneel Bhusri, co-founder of Workday. 

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