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Why Engineers Need To Upskill For Cloud

According to a research by Great Learning, an ed-tech platform for executives, the industry suffers with acute shortage of talent with more than 1.7 million cloud jobs worldwide remaining vacant. The report also predicts a very important thing though – over a million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022.

The Indian cloud computing market currently stands at $2.2 billion and is expected to grow to $4 billion by 2020 with an annual growth rate of more than 30%.

The dawn of automation has brought along many changes in the world, especially in the field of IT. It has made it more agile, necessitating the need for engineers to match the pace and adapt to rapid changes as well.

Given the high speed of transformation across workplaces in the IT industry, it has become imperative to train and constantly upskill people. Employees get to improve their skills, be better at their jobs, and even cross-skill to suit different roles within the organization.

While there are many important learning experiences that engineers need to go through to evolve in a constantly changing  IT world, one crucial sector that defines the future of the industry is still seeing a big gap in terms of talent – cloud computing.

According to a research by Great Learning, an ed-tech platform for executives, the industry suffers with acute shortage of talent with more than 1.7 million cloud jobs worldwide remaining vacant. The report also predicts a very important thing though – over a million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022.

This sets up a great opportunity for engineers to upskill themselves for Cloud. Cloud offers great career opportunities, especially to data architects, data scientists, security experts and migration experts. A lot of Cloud Service Providers are now offering Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS), which requires limited programming knowledge, hence opening up opportunities for engineers to overcome minor technical barriers and move into an analytics-based role in the cloud computing domain.

There is an immense opportunity for them to do so. The Indian cloud computing market currently stands at $2.2 billion and is expected to grow to $4 billion by 2020 with an annual growth rate of more than 30%. As per IDC, an estimated 1 million new jobs will be created in India by the year 2022 as more companies adopt cloud technology. Skills within Big Data Analytics, DevOps, Agile, Cloud Native Applications, and more are going to be critical for engineers to land these jobs. Job profiles like Cloud Architect and Cloud Software Engineer are already in demand. The report also states that in India, the salary of an entry-level cloud professional is around Rs. 5 to 7 lakhs, which is significantly higher than that of a traditional IT engineer who earns about Rs. 3 to 5 lakhs. A mid-level manager can easily get upwards of Rs. 20 lakhs, while Cloud Architects are known to earn upwards of Rs. 30 lakhs.

Even traditional IT companies are going the cloud way, migrating to cloud platforms to spur growth and scale rapidly. This has already generated a huge demand for engineers who can integrate cloud solutions with existing, on-site systems. If an engineer working in one of these companies upskills to build their knowledge about the various aspects of Cloud, they are automatically set for better career prospects.

The soaring rate of cloud adoption has also created human resource crunch within organizations. This has happened not because we don’t have enough engineers in the country, but because we don’t have enough skilled engineers.

To overcome this issue, it is essential not just for companies to focus on training programs that will upskill their existing staff, but also for engineers to look outside of their organizations to learn and build their knowledge. Online learning has made it so easy for people to learn new skills, whether in the comfort of your home or in office. Today, there are many relevant courses from online learning platforms that offer learnings in Cloud Computing Applications, Cloud Systems and Infrastructure.

Aspiring candidates can also enrol themselves in a course in cloud computing right after a bachelor's degree in engineering (IT or Computer Science), Bachelor of Computer Applications, Bachelor of Science or even after their Masters in IT or Computer Science. Businesses across sectors are increasingly resorting to Cloud to address their ever-growing business and technology needs including scalability, availability, performance, and analytics. As an engineer or an aspiring engineer, if you can put in that effort to develop your skills, you will not only manage to stay afloat but also become indispensable.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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