Year of the Cloud

Cloud computing ranks: The number one 2019 career skill

Sarah Schlothauer
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Do you have the skills that employers need in 2019? Research by LinkedIn shows what is in demand and what you can do to grow. The number one skill that companies need most in 2019 is cloud computing.

2019 is the Year of the Pig, but will it also be the Year of the Cloud?

Social media giant LinkedIn released a blog about “The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to Learn Them”. What’s the number one hard skill that companies are eager for in 2019? You guessed it: cloud computing.

Is this is the skill that will set you apart from the crowd in 2019?

In-demand skills

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? We are already halfway in January, and surely some of us have already given up on our goals. (No shame in that!) However, if your resolution was to add an in-demand skillset to your resume, here’s a suggestion: learn about cloud computing.

From the LinkedIn report, let’s learn why cloud computing is in demand.

Why it matters, in one sentence: As the world rushes toward the cloud, companies are desperately searching for engineers who have the skills to accommodate this demand.

LinkedIn “The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to Learn Them”

Take a look at the full report from LinkedIn here.

Data from 500+ members were looked at, and here are the top skills that were the hardest for companies to fill:

Top 5 hard skills

  1. Cloud and distributed computing
  2. Statistical analysis and data mining
  3. Middleware and integration software
  4. Web architecture and development framework
  5. User interface design

The report also takes a magnifying glass to soft skills, including what employers are looking for. (Did you know that the number one soft skill in demand is creativity?)

SEE ALSO: Cloud native skills needed! Report claims new cloud “skill crisis”

Cloud skills crisis?

Recently, a report from OpsRamp titled “From a Cloud-Native Skills Gap to a Full Blown Crisis” discussed the “cloud skills crisis”. According to their research, 60% of survey respondents said their mission-critical IT services are either built on or run on cloud-native architecture. The report goes on to say that,  “90% of hiring managers report that their digital skills gap is either somewhat big, quite big, or huge”.

UpWork’s Q3 2018 Skills Index told us that “investment in public cloud services and infrastructure is increasing“.

Meanwhile, Gartner is also on board this prediction. “Twenty-eight percent of spending within the key enterprise IT markets will shift to the cloud by 2022, up from 19 percent in 2018, according to Gartner, Inc.”

So, what these facts tell us is that if you have cloud computing skills, you are in demand! Companies need this skill set and will likely be competitive in hiring talent. If you are looking to move in your IT career, consider learning or expanding upon this knowledge base.

Expert predictions

Of course, LinkedIn’s report is also a way of letting the reader know about their available courses on AWS.

Let’s hear from other sources about before we place our bets.

When we caught up with Jessica Deen, Cloud Developer Advocate, she had this to say: “Cloud native is already shaking up the traditional workflow.”

Likewise, in our 2019 predictions series, Pablo Giambiagi, Vice President of Strategic Research at Axiomatics suggested that 2019 would show data service migration to the cloud. He writes: “Cloud platforms like AWS and Microsoft Azure offer easier, more affordable and agile data storage systems compared to traditional storage solutions like on-premise relational databases. As new data services arise on a regular basis, with new features and capabilities, businesses must strengthen the basic security capabilities of the cloud platform and cloud data service providers.”

SEE ALSO: 7 things to look out for in 2019: Changes for open source, data privacy, and the cloud

Let’s take a step back from the silver lining for a moment. Ravi Mayuram, Senior VP of Products and Engineering and CTO at Couchbase, gave a more nuanced look, warning about multi-cloud implementations: “As providers continue to innovate before standardizing processes and interoperability, problems will arise in multi-cloud environments because providers have created interfaces with slightly different ways of working. For example, Google and Amazon each have their own messaging systems, as does Kafka, and applications developed do not simply move to another without undergoing changes. In 2019, these issues will come to light – and users will experience many headaches before true interoperability is achieved across multi-cloud deployments.”

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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