06/17/2013 01:42 pm ET Updated Aug 15, 2013

IT Careers need Cloud Cover

According to, 'Cloud Computing' is a term used to describe users 'renting' or borrowing online software or services instead of actually purchasing and installing it on their own computers. It is similar to Gmail services, except that cloud computing includes additional computing activities. Today many businesses and employees run their computer tools and processing in the cloud. Some of the better known cloud services include Dropbox, Flickr, Zoho, Facebook and Twitter.

Growth of Cloud Computing

The market for cloud computing services will grow 48.7% in 2012 to $5 billion up from $3.4 billion in 2011 and by 2020 the majority of organizations will rely on the cloud for more than half of their IT services, according to Gartner's 2011 CIO Agenda Survey.

Cloud Computing is Changing IT (Information Technology)

1. How cloud computing is changing job descriptions - According to a Forbes Magazine article, cloud computing will create new job opportunities. The author, Joe McKendrick, notes that there will be growing demand for professionals and managers who are more focused on business development and greater opportunities for enterprise architects, cloud architects, cloud capacity planners, cloud service managers and business solutions consultants. New jobs created by the cloud may not always bear the term "Cloud" in their titles, but the cloud will form the core of their job descriptions.

Some believe that jobs will likely transition from in-house IT (Information Technology) teams to external IT teams at cloud providers as companies consume more cloud services.

2. Jobs that might be displaced by the cloud - According to Gary Daugenti, President, General Manager, Gent & Associates, "Cloud computing will mainly affect internal IT support staff positions. The roles won't be totally eliminated but they will be reduced or changed. At the same time, new positions will be created by the cloud at external providers such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. Some of the positions that might move or change are:
  • On-Site Help Desk Technician
  • Computer Hardware Technician
  • Telecommunications (phones) Technician
  • System Administrator (network, PC, servers)
  • Senior IT Trainer
  • Technical Training Manager
According to Jennifer Brent, Technology Lead at Gent & Associates, "IT (Information Technology) is a field that is in constant evolution. It is a career path that requires continued learning and skill relevance. Cloud is the next step in the evolution of IT."

3. New jobs created by the cloud - A review of DICE and Indeed job boards show a number of cloud related positions such as Cloud Engineer, Cloud Executive Application Architect, Linux Cloud System Admin, Cloud Executive Architect, Software Development Engineer - Testing Cloud, Cloud Software Development Engineer, Cloud Integration Engineer, as well as helpdesk, database administrators and contract managers at firms such as HP,, Facebook and VMware firms.

According to Anne Angelopoulos, Senior Manager of JustStaff, "Many of these positions start as part-time contract work and then lead to full-time opportunities. I see a number of technology people transitioning from traditional in-house work to outside cloud work. I think it helps individuals expand their experience and develop new skills in an emerging area."

What This Means For You

The rapid acceleration of technology has changed the way people work, communicate and live their lives. As a result, mainstream careers have changed and will continue to change. Cloud computing continues to grow and create new job opportunities while displacing others. Individuals who continue to follow the trends in their industry and hone their skills by seeking skill building projects will be able to transition to new opportunities created by the cloud.

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is a leading thought leader on career development. She is the author of ten books, a regular media contributor, and global speaker. She is a key advisor for recruiting and outplacement firms. Her most recent book is Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders. Tracey is a visiting scholar at Stanford University Media X program, researching the impact of technology on future careers. Find Tracey on Twitter and Facebook.