Explosive Job Growth Seen for Cloud-Savvy IT Professionals

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-06 Print this article Print

Research firm Wanted Analytics reports that more than 2,400 companies posted ads seeking candidates with cloud computing skills during a 90-day period. Hiring demand grew 61 percent year-over-year for cloud IT professionals.

A recent study of technology job want ads shows a 61 percent increase in demand nationwide for IT professionals with cloud computing experience.

The study, which is based on ads posted by about 2,400 businesses, was performed by Wanted Analytics, a firm that provides business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

"This growth spurt shows that businesses are truly seeking to invest in cloud technologies" said Raj Mehta, president and CEO of Infosys International, an IT services firm. "It is pretty safe to say that the cloud has gone past the consideration phase and is rapidly becoming an entrenched IT service for most companies," Mehta added.

The study showed that the metropolitan area with the highest volume of job ads for cloud computing skills during the past 90 days was San Francisco, where recruiters in this area placed more than 1,000 unique job listings, representing a 95 percent year-over-year growth.

Meanwhile, nearby San Jose in the heart of Northern California's Silicon Valley was bucking the trend with a decrease of 12 percent, when compared with the same 90-day period in the previous year.

Other cities with high demand included Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and New York, all of which showed double-digit increases in the volume of online job postings. Recruiting conditions for cloud computing skills are likely to be moderately difficult based upon the current talent supply and hiring demand in each area, according to Wanted Analytics

For example, the company claims that recruiters seeking candidates for openings in Washington, D.C., are likely to experience one of the most difficult recruiting conditions in the United States and it will take longer to fill these opening than the national average of 44 days.

Professionals who are looking to get on the cloud hiring bandwagon may need to acquire new cloud technology skills and certifications. To help fill the demand for qualified IT professionals, some leading IT vendors are now offering education and certification programs. Case in point is Hewlett-Packard, which launched a suite of new cloud computing certifications this past November. The certifications offered by HP are designed to give IT professionals the skills required to design and deploy a cloud environment.

Mehta said, "Finding qualified individuals is still a challenge, and I expect that to only grow in the future as more cloud deployments become the norm."

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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