IT professionals in high demand: AWS skills to advance your career
New and experienced IT professionals need the skills to align with the industry shift to cloud and AWS systems
By Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz
The server rooms once abuzz with the data needed to operate in the digital era are emptying as enterprises adopt cloud-based solutions. But that doesn’t mean jobs in IT are also disappearing.
In fact, the need for qualified professionals in computer and information technology is growing faster than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computer and information technology occupations to grow 12 percent between 2018 and 2028. Now may be a good time to upskill.
The opportunities to break into this field are growing, meaning new and experienced IT professionals alike must focus on obtaining and refining skill sets based on the latest trends and information. You want to ensure you are equipped with skills that allow you to hit the ground running within your organization.
That increasingly means being able to help a company make the transition to safe and efficient cloud services. A cloud-first data strategy—and the employees who make it happen—will help keep a business current and help avoid disruption in the organization’s storage operations.
To help educate future professionals, University of Phoenix launched a new Cloud Computing Certificate designed to help fill skills gaps for novice learners and cross-train students to become more proficient in Amazon Web Services (AWS) architecture, development and systems operations. program prepares graduates to enter into high-demand occupations, like computer network architects and computer support specialists.
Students in the program learn how to understand Linux, cloud development and cloud operations, secure networks in the cloud and deploy cloud-based applications through AWS. Coursework is aligned to the AWS Cloud Practitioner industry certification exam.
There can be a benefit for experienced IT professionals to upskill, too. While some businesses may look to hire outside consulting firms to handle their cloud needs, others will see the benefit of retaining a more skilled IT workforce that is on-hand to troubleshoot and problem solve. Nothing can replicate the understanding internal employees have of a company’s culture and needs.
Whether you are someone looking to begin a career in information technology or an experienced IT professional looking to add new skills, it will be important to prepare for the future workforce as organizations make the necessary shift to cloud-based solutions.
Storing data in the cloud makes it easy to access information. But businesses still depend on qualified professionals to do the hard part: setting everything up and managing these systems.
For those looking for a new profession or a career change to an industry that is increasing in demand, you may want to explore courses that align with industry-acknowledged certifications. The new Cloud Computing Certificate provides new and experienced IT professionals with skills to help the growing number of enterprises deploy cloud solutions today and into the future.
Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz is lead area faculty chair for cybersecurity programs at University of Phoenix Las Vegas Campus and director of cybersecurity at Stations Casinos in Las Vegas.