The future is bright for skilled cloud experts, according to a recent article from Forbes contributor, Louis Columbus. By compiling data from WANTED Analytics – a leading provider of data analytics on the workplace – Columbus shows us a rare glimpse of the cloud computing job landscape for the coming year. Cloud computing skills will be in high demand, with a large number of openings available in a variety of locations and employers seeking a wide variety of expertise. I’ve summarized several of the key takeaways below.

There has been an explosion in cloud computing job growth both nationally and globally. As of December 12, 2014, there were 384,487 job openings related to cloud computing in the U.S. that were solely in IT. Listings can be found in every region of the U.S., which means job seekers should have no difficulty finding a job in their preferred location. One thing to note is that while there are plenty of openings, it isn’t completely clear how each relates to cloud computing – for example, some openings are much more skill-intensive than others.

Cloud computing skills are not only in high demand, but also highly valued. The median salary for IT positions requiring cloud computing expertise in the U.S. is $90,950. The employers in the U.S. with the most available openings are IBM, Oracle and Amazon. IBM has made moves recently that could explain its focus on hiring, including acquiring SoftLayer in June 2013 and rebalancing efforts that resulted in layoffs and new hires since early 2014. However, it’s still unclear why IBM leads the pack by so much, with nearly 3x the number of openings as Amazon or Oracle. The good news is that there are plenty of companies hiring, representing diverse segments of the cloud computing industry and multiple industry verticals, such as finance and healthcare.

Highly demanded skills range from SQL expertise to software development, quality assurance, application development, technical support, and more. There is an abundance of job openings listed for more than a dozen of these skills. Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) is currently the most in-demand cloud computing certification, which comes as no surprise since security skills are an increasingly hot commodity. With so many skills in high demand, some job seekers will have the background to secure their cloud dream job in 2021.

There are still hundreds of thousands of openings waiting to be filled, and demand is expected to grow. If you have cloud computing skills and expertise, and you’re looking for a job in 2021, then you’re in luck. The right skills could make you a must-hire for any number of positions.

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