The market for enterprise clouds, IaaS clouds, data centers and related services has been growing at an astounding rate. Many companies are aggressively seeking cloud adoption and the integration of more IT management and infrastructure into the cloud. This establishes a tough but rewarding task for cloud service providers, who must respond to this heightening level of demand. This phenomenon has had many positive results for the tech world, including the creation of new jobs for skilled IT professionals.
Buoyed by jobs in enterprise cloud computing and related services, one IT sector experienced the highest level of job creation in 15 years. In July, there were 3,600 jobs created in the "data processing, hosting and related services" category, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That rise represented the best month of job growth since June 1998. Additionally, after parsing the BLS statistics, IT careers researcher Dice.com indicated that cloud jobs were one of the driving forces behind this significant growth, Network World's associate editor Ann Bednarz reported. Additionally, the number of posted positions containing the word "cloud" went over 5,000 this August – an all-time high, and a 32 percent increase over August 2012.
"There's an upswing in cloud services and cloud technology-related job opportunities," stated Dice president Shravan Goli, according to Bednarz.
Many of the new job openings were for advanced, hybrid positions that enterprise clouds require. IT professionals who are able to leverage their existing skills into cloud and converged infrastructure environments are more likely to succeed in the new job climate, Goli told Bednarz. Overall, the unemployment rate for tech professionals dropped to 3.8 percent in July from 4.2 percent in June, according to ZDNet. Technology consulting has been a sustained source of jobs, with 40,300 positions added to the sector so far this year.
Enterprise cloud jobs – it's all about scale
As many organizations increase their investment in the cloud and further migrate key business considerations to the colocation environment, IT paradigms will continue to shift. While some have voiced concerns that the cloud is rendering human workers superfluous, this unease is largely unfounded, according to InfoWorld contributor Paul Krill. He approached the future of IT jobs from the perspective of coders, some of whom are worried that businesses will utilize "codeless development environments" that remove personnel from the equation. However, this approach can be a limited one, so businesses will still continue to invest in coding experts in order to propel next-generation design and development.