There is a lot of buzz surrounding cloud computing jobs as of late. For many people, the idea of cloud computing involves accessing documents or files held on a remote server elsewhere. This is true for residential users as it is for commercial and industrial settings too.

Cloud computing solves quite a few problems in the workplace as well. Namely, businesses are no longer required to store big server computers on site as these can be held remotely elsewhere. It is also creating jobs for those who do not mind working away from the hustle and bustle of the office. We will take a look at some of the most popular roles in cloud computing.

Network engineering.

Cloud computing operates almost exclusively on the diligence by network engineers as these personnel are required to create and later maintain the networks that ensure clients are able to access their files through the cloud. However, it is not something that candidates can simply walk into. An existing background in IT is preferred, but candidates will also need to hold network engineering certifications to a high standard in order to become server-side engineers for cloud networks.

One of the most widely accepted credentials for this is the CompTIA Network+ certification, but cloud networks also tend to be Linux based, which is where the Red Hat Certified Engineer certification takes precedence. Other network certifications are also likely to weigh favourably for candidates, such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

Soft skills for cloud computing jobs.

Candidates should not neglect their soft skills either. Since they will usually be the point of contact for clients and other personnel concerned with the use of a cloud network, they will need to be able to effectively communicate any issues that the network is experiencing. This might have to be done in layman's terms in order for the messages to be received at all ends. This can be difficult for some, since the whole premise of network engineering is a highly technical role, but those who are able to do so will be well ahead of their competition at the negotiation table.

Software development.

Software developers create custom-made, bespoke software packages so that clients are able to utilise the cloud network more efficiently than through means that are otherwise already available to them, like remote desktop solutions from commercial vendors.

A strong background in IT is required with a BA in Computing often being cited as the leading qualification required to get into such a role. This does not neglect the need for supplementary qualifications however, as developers will need to demonstrate proficiency in several programming languages depending on the basis of the network they are working with.

Like network engineers, the ability to communicate in layman's terms is essential to success in the role. It is perhaps even more important here, since clients and software developers will work intimately together in order to achieve exactly what it is they require from the developer. It is therefore extremely important that candidates brush up on their communication skills before attempting to secure a position as a developer.