Amazon web service developers are in demand

If you take a look at one of the major online job exchanges and enter the search term "cloud", a variety of job offers will appear. These include a wide range of innovative job titles: from IT cloud consultants to cloud solutions engineers to specialists in cloud computing, cloud hosting and cloud security. It is becoming apparent that the cloud will not only make the spectrum of IT jobs more diverse in the next few years, but will also create new jobs today. One can assume that the cloud has the potential to excel as a job engine that should not be underestimated in the next few years.

It is not for nothing that Amazon Web Services is investing in promoting the next generation of cloud experts and is looking for additional specialists to bring more German companies to the cloud. The AWS platform has grown strongly and now offers its service in nine regions with 25 availability zones, three of which are in Europe. At many locations, it is important to continuously recruit qualified young professionals in order to be able to meet the growing demand for cloud services from customers.

Many of the new jobs on offer, regardless of whether they are for cloud service operators or for companies that are relocating their IT to the cloud, have only recently emerged. When looking through the job descriptions, it is noticeable that some things overlap or that similar areas of responsibility are advertised under different titles. What specific requirements are required for technical cloud jobs? This can be, for example, programming knowledge or experience with virtualization, but also certain fields of training, engineering degrees, additional qualifications or several years of professional experience, which may also differ depending on the employer. A look at the vacancies shows the variety of fields of activity, even if the term cloud does not necessarily have to be part of the job title.

Career ladder to the cloud
A few examples of typical new cloud jobs listed below provide at least a rough idea of ​​some of the possible requirements. Cloud architects, for example, take care of the development and implementation of cloud initiatives to ensure that systems are scalable, powerful, reliable and secure. Computer scientists or engineers who have a certain amount of experience in large, heterogeneous networks are addressed here. Experts in programming and script languages ​​such as Shell, Ruby, Node.js, Perl, PHP, Python, Java, JavaScript, C #, or C ++ are welcome.

Practical knowledge of Linux and Windows is also essential, as is experience in developing, installing and managing virtualized environments. Cloud service developers design customized user interfaces for sales or management, for example, through which end users access the corresponding services in the cloud. Experience with the architecture and implementation of web services on SOA platforms counts here.

Applicants who want to apply for a position as Data Center Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services must have experience with software development methods such as Agile or DevOps. References in project management for large IT service projects are also required. Another example of a cloud-focused job: A Solutions Architect has the ability to help companies and shape a strategy for the widespread use of solutions for a variety of different applications with strategic customers. Cloud computing is particularly in demand in: media and broadcasting, social networks, gaming, corporate applications, big data and business intelligence, high performance computing, simulation, scalable websites and web applications. As an important member of the sales team, the Solutions Architect supports customers in successfully creating applications and services on the AWS platform.

Various services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), DynamoDB, Relational Database Service (RDS), Elastic Map Reduce or Redshift are used as building blocks to build scalable, highly available and modern architectures. Technologies such as the Map Reduce Algorithm, noSQL and in-memory databases and fault-tolerant and massively distributed systems are used here. What is needed here are technical and analytical skills, several years of project and consulting experience, a degree in computer science or mathematics as a background, as well as knowledge of software development.

The productive use of the cloud also increases the demand for cloud system administrators. These configure and maintain the systems that are operated on cloud platforms. Any experience with system administration, installation of platforms at company level, but also in performance analysis and capacity planning for enterprise platforms is of considerable advantage. Knowledge of cloud-based development round off the profile, as well as network experience.

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May 15, 2013 / Attila Narin, Senior Manager at Amazon Web Services / ln