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Cloud Infrastructure Engineer: Job Description, Salary & Skills

Cloud infrastructure engineers combine design, engineering, and technology skills to enable clients to use cloud computing systems. The type of work they do and what's required to work in this field are explored in this article.

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Career Definition of a Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

Cloud infrastructure is virtual computing infrastructure that can accessed via the Internet or a network by clients that need computing power but lack extensive physical computing infrastructure. Cloud infrastructure engineers create the systems and network needed for these computer cloud systems. They may develop cloud networks that store data remotely and can be accessed online, or they may work on the systems related to connecting clients to clouds so that they can use them effectively. Since they work with systems that are accessing and storing data online, they are also involved in making decisions about how to secure data effectively.

Their duties can involve working with the hardware involved in developing cloud systems and accessing them. They may help determine a company's needs in order to effectively use cloud computing technology and recommend changes in everything from routers to software. As part of their duties they continue to evaluate new technologies that are emerging and use their assessments to form recommendations about what technology should be integrated into an existing system.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Attention to detail, teamwork skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, strong analytical skills, problem-solving skills, computer skills, research skills
Mean Salary (2017)* $89,063
Job Outlook (2014-2024)** 9% (computer network architects)

Sources: *Glassdoor.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

It's common for employers to expect cloud infrastructure engineers to have a bachelor's degree in a field such as computer science. Another area that cloud infrastructure engineers may study is engineering. The priority should be completing training that involves practical experience working with computer technology. It's also common for employers to prefer applicants who have earned certifications from VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Microsoft Azure.

Required Skills

Cloud infrastructure engineers focus on the components needed for cloud computing to be effective for their company and may work with software developers and hardware engineers as part of their duties, so they need to have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team when assessing options for changes to the information technology systems their company has in place. In order to be effective in this role, they need to research options thoroughly and assess all data carefully, which requires research skills and an eye for detail. They also need analytical skills to prioritize relevant points of consideration and determine the best course of action. They need to be experts in computer technology, particularly cloud and automation tools.

Career and Salary Outlook

Cloud infrastructure engineers are included with the career listing for computer network architects on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. The BLS anticipates that this career field with see a job growth rate of 9% from 2014 to 2024. The average annual salary for cloud infrastructure engineers was $89,063 in 2017, according to Glassdoor.com.

Related Careers

There are a wide range of computer information technology careers, and those interested in being cloud infrastructure engineers may also find that they are interested in a career as a computer and information scientist, a computer hardware engineer or an information security specialist. Check out the links listed here to learn more about these related career options.

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