About cloud careers

From the course: Cloud Computing Careers and Certifications: First Steps

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    Do you want to start a career in cloud computing, but don't know where to begin? If so, this course can help by providing an ideal foundational mapping of the career paths and certifications that IT professionals should consider if they're interested in transitioning to cloud computing. Instructor and cloud architect Lynn Langit covers a variety of career paths, including IT pro, developer, analyst, and architect roles. Throughout the course, she focuses on the major cloud platforms—AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and Alibaba—discusses certifications available for each, and explores the future of cloud computing careers.


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      Lynn Langit

      CEO Lynn Langit Consulting LLC

      Lynn Langit is a cloud architect who works with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

      Lynn specializes in big data projects. She has worked with AWS Athena, Aurora, Redshift, Kinesis, and the IoT. She has also done production work with Databricks for Apache Spark and Google Cloud Dataproc, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Cloud Spanner.

      Lynn is also the cofounder of Teaching Kids Programming. She has spoken on data and cloud technologies in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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  • Moving towards the cloud

    - [Instructor] In the area of cloud careers, there are more jobs than qualified people. Cloud computing as an industry, as part of the technology industry, has been experiencing exponential growth. In my own work as a cloud architect, all of my projects that I've put into production over the past four to five years have involved the use of the public cloud. A recent report put out by Google cited that 94% of IT managers said that it's difficult to find skilled cloud engineers. And as a software cloud architect, I would agree. In my consulting practice, I am continually on the lookout for those skilled cloud professionals. One of the reasons, in fact, that I decided to make this course, was to try to contribute to career pathing within the industry. My perspective is somewhat unique in that I'm not only a cloud practitioner, I call myself succinctly a cloud architect who also writes code. I spend a significant portion of my time traveling globally, educating about cloud topics. Because of this, I get a perspective on the growth and maturity of the cloud industry, not only in my local West Coast US locations and my clients there, but also with work that I've done in the APAC region in Australia, in Hong Kong-Singapore, throughout Europe, in Sub-Saharan Africa, and also in Brazil. It truly gives me a global perspective on the growth of this industry. Additionally, I work with all of the major vendors. Because of my education work, I've received various partner designations from these vendors. For Microsoft, I was a full-time employee back in 2007 to 2011 and subsequently, for many years, was an Azure MVP, or Most Valuable Professional. For Google, I'm a Google Developer Expert for cloud. And for Amazon, I've been recognized as a Community Hero for their cloud offerings. This perspective helps me to see into the future because I frequently work on internal projects with these vendors and work on upcoming services, and supports me in being your guide in this journey towards your cloud career. In January 1st, 2019, LinkedIn Learning published a blog post, referenced here, that showed that the number one requested hard skills that companies need in 2019 is cloud computing. And here is that blog post for reference. This is based on the skills that are listed, the jobs that are listed on LinkedIn, so this is hard data backing this information, and it really reflects my own experience. It's really exciting for all of us that are on the journey increasing our cloud computing skills because we're in demand. So, you can see from the blog post, the number one skill is cloud computing, and there a number of recommended associated courses in the library. Now, this is just a small subset. And as you are working towards your particular career path, I encourage you to leverage the various resources, and there are many, inside the library, so that you can learn more about cloud computing skills that are in demand.

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