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Advance your cloud career with these top tips of 2015

With so many businesses using cloud, job opportunities continue to rise. Here's a look back at the top five tips in 2015 for advancing your cloud career.

As cloud evolves and grows, enterprises want to abandon the data centers that are weighing them down. And with so many businesses taking to the cloud, new jobs in cloud computing are being created are being created every day. But as new cloud technologies emerge, enterprises struggle to find employees who can keep up with the changes and deliver the skills they need.

Positions that are in demand include cloud administrators, cloud architects and DevOps team members. To make yourself an irresistible candidate, and to take your cloud career to the next level, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with emerging technologies, such as containers and open source platforms. Certification programs teach you these skills -- and also stand out on a resume.

To help you land the cloud computing job of your dreams, here's a look back at SearchCloudComputing's top five cloud career tips of 2015.

5. Are you on the right cloud computing career path?

There are millions of jobs in cloud computing in the U.S. today, and the opportunities continue to grow. Employers are looking for employees with various talents, including those with specific knowledge of leading public cloud platforms and vendors, such as AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure.

Many of the new cloud career opportunities involve emerging technologies, such as Docker, according to cloud expert David Linthicum. Enterprises are scrambling to find IT pros with skills related to building portable containers. Meanwhile, other organizations continue to seek cloud architects to help plan their overall cloud strategies. To gain more knowledge and show off your cloud skills, enroll in a training or certification program.

4. Cloud certifications that stand out from the crowd

IT pros looking to move forward with their cloud career can build knowledge through training and certification programs. There are various cloud certification options, including those from companies like Microsoft, VMware, Red Hat and Citrix. In addition, vendor-neutral certifications, like those offered at Cloud School, are good options for those looking to grow their cloud expertise, according to expert Jim O'Reilly.

Cloud certifications aren't just for IT pros. Administrators and executives can benefit by expanding their own skill sets concerning cloud. By making yourself cloud-friendly, you become more attractive to potential employers.

3. Catch these high-flying jobs in cloud computing.

While IT pros can pursue a range of careers, jobs related to cloud -- and especially platform as a service (PaaS), OpenStack and vendor-specific services -- seem to be paying off. In fact, two of the top five paying positions in a 2015 survey from IT job search site Dice.com involve cloud, according to this tip from cloud expert Paul Korzeniowksi. The No. 1 ranked job, which pays over $100,000 a year, is a PaaS professional that can design, develop and optimize the performance of new cloud applications.

Open source knowledge, particularly around OpenStack, is also in high demand, with companies like Rackspace and Red Hat actively posting such positions. Vendor-specific skills, such as AWS and Microsoft, are also needed considering that these popular cloud platforms are always attracting new users. Obtaining these skills is a pivotal part of starting or advancing a cloud career.

2. Five things to know to land a cloud architect job

Enterprises are searching for cloud architects as they migrate to cloud. Cloud architects need to see the big picture and predict how new technologies will impact the enterprise. Businesses want architects to ensure their cloud environment will stand the test of time, and to provide a roadmap of how it should evolve in the coming years.

To stay ahead of the game -- and ace a job interview -- cloud architects should research new technologies, such as containers and the Internet of Things, according to Korzeniowski. In addition, cloud architects should be familiar with open source infrastructure as service platforms, such as OpenStack, and the benefits and challenges they can introduce.

1. What are the key DevOps roles in an enterprise?

DevOps is an IT approach that combines an enterprise's application development and system operations teams to bring order to the cloud. Due to its popularity, companies need employees that are familiar with DevOps. But what exactly are DevOps teams responsible for inan enterprise? Expert Chris Moyer explains in this tip.

First, to make yourself DevOps-friendly, you need to be able to write code that can accommodate sudden spikes in traffic and support the automatic scaling of your infrastructure. There are different roles in DevOps teams, but they all involve being a first responder when something fails. They fix problems and bring the system back online as quickly as possible with minimal harm to users. Businesses want employees who can write code and understand the sys admin and networking functions so they can act quickly and help developers succeed.

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This was last published in December 2015

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