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Talent Pool Can't Meet Skyrocketing Demand For Cloud Skills


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Based on current trends in the labor market, cloud computing is now one of the hottest hiring areas in the tech industry. The number of job openings in the cloud computing industry is growing so rapidly that there aren't enough qualified people available to fill the positions. There were 5,000 jobs posted online related to cloud technology in February 2012, a 92% increase from the previous year, and a more than fourfold increase from 2010. Specific job titles and geographic areas that are driving the hiring activity for cloud computing jobs are also examined.

Many cloud jobs are available at service providers. VMware posted the most jobs in February, with 360 openings. Microsoft had the second most, with 230, while Amazon.com and Google were also in the top five. Cloud computing professionals most in demand are those with technical skills, such as software engineers, systems engineers, and network administrators. But not all cloud-related job openings require tech skills. The leading non-technical jobs that required some knowledge of the cloud included marketing managers, sales managers, management analytics specialists, and financial analysts. Employers seeking to fill those positions tend to be involved in marketing cloud services or marketing a cloud-based offering.

San Jose is the top metropolitan market for cloud jobs, with more than 900 cloud postings in February, up 144% compared to the same month last year. Seattle, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York are other hotbeds for cloud jobs. San Francisco is the toughest place for employers that want to hire people with cloud skills: it took businesses in that market eight weeks to fill a position. That suggests there aren't enough talented workers to fill all available jobs, says research firm Wanted Analytics. In middle-market locales, such as Tucson, AZ, Madison, WI, and Charlottesville, VA, it took only 5.5 weeks to fill a cloud-related job, which is faster than the national average.

From Computerworld
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