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Top 10 cloud related job titles

Christine Burns | Oct. 8, 2012
If you visit the popular tech-focused job site and search for cloud computing related jobs, you'll get more than 3,800 hits.

In that same time frame, a worldwide services outfit is trying to poach a cloud architect who's built a cloud for a large enterprise, has 15+ years of experience developing high-performance databases, has a passion for big data, expert knowledge of Core Java / C++, multi-threading and analytics, wants to be hands-on more than half of the time spent on the job and has a PhD in a related discipline.

These job descriptions vary wildly - and they are likely to for a while - because it's "still an open play on how any organization is going handle a whole host of cloud design and implementation issues," says Chris Brenton, a cloud security architect at CloudPassage, a cloud server security company.

"So yes, they are looking for the right person, but in a sense they are also looking for some direction in terms of how the cloud can best be implemented in their own, unique environment," Brenton says.

Crossing boundaries

In a recent newsletter to its job seekers, referred to the role of DevOps as "Brangelina" because it is widely considered to be an IT department super-coupling, the union of developer and systems administration skill sets. (See story on how IT cross-training is the way to succeed in the cloud, Page XX.)

There are on average 200 DevOps listings daily on These listings comprise DevOps engineers, leads, contractors and specialists. A search on, showed over 1,500 listings asking for some DevOps experience. According to recruiters, hiring these folks is a big headache for employers and involves multiple offers, counteroffers and increasingly bigger salaries.

According to Rick Bauer, a senior member of CompTIA's skills certification staff, which is currently conducting research for an IT Job Task Analysis to be published later this year or early next, there are likely many more hybrid positions coming down the pike for IT professionals working in the cloud.

While they are not yet developed enough to warrant nicknames akin to Hollywood super couples, Bauer expects couplings to happen around network operations and server administration and network operations and storage management.

John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, a worldwide IT staffing firm headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., argues that IT departments looking to roll out cloud implementations are also looking for IT folks with hands-on experience in cloud to step into the roles of both business systems analysts and project managers.

Qualified candidates for business systems analyst jobs would effectively be able to take a critical look at which IT systems can and can't be pushed to the cloud. "And of the former, these analysts need to have both experience and critical analysis skills to understand which of those need to go in to the cloud first to help the company achieve the gains the cloud promises," Reed says.


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