Cloud Software Engineer: Job Description & Salary

New computer applications and programs can play a vital role in how businesses and individuals use technology. Cloud software engineers are professionals who design computer systems stored on the Internet. Continue reading to learn more about this career.

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Career Definition of a Cloud Software Engineer

A cloud software engineer is a software developer that specializes in working on cloud computing systems. The average computer user may associate ''the cloud'' as a computing term in reference to Internet storage or operating systems. For example, some laptops do not have the capacity to run programs such as Microsoft Word now. They use operating systems that run programs accessed online so that the computer does not need to store the program. People may also subscribe to cloud services, where they may store data instead of storing that material on their physical computer.

Cloud systems can also operate on several computers simultaneously. Cloud software engineers are the creative and technical minds who develop these programs. They could be referred to as program architects. They help determine how the system should operate and provide guidance to the programmers who help write the program code. Cloud software engineers are responsible for overseeing the development of these systems, maintaining them and ensuring that they work properly. They may design new systems or upgrade existing systems.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Computer programming skills, knowledge of computer programming languages, experience with related software and operating systems, communication skills, ability to multitask, strong analytical skills
Median Salary (2016)* $102,280 (software developers)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 17% (software developers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Cloud software engineers need to have an expert level of computer programming knowledge. It is common for those entering this field to have a bachelor's degree in computer science, although some employers may also consider those with degrees in mathematics or engineering. Some employers may prefer applicants with knowledge of specific languages used for programming, such as Java.

Required Skills

Cloud software engineers may work with several other team members in the course of developing cloud software so they need to have good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Since they may be working on different systems or issues they need to be good at multitasking and able to prioritize their work to meet deadlines. Computers are essential to their work so they need to have strong computer skills, they need computer programming skills and they must be familiar with a wide range of operating systems and software.

Career and Salary Outlook

Cloud software engineers can be classified with software developers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), software developers should see a 17% job growth rate from 2014 to 2024. This is significantly higher than the national average for all occupations, which is expected to be 7% during the same decade. Software developers earned a median annual income of $102,280 in 2016, per the BLS.

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There are several occupations that involve strong computer skills. Computer network engineers help set up networks so that they work properly and effectively. Software developers may oversee the creation of new computer applications. Computer programmers write code for programs and applications so that they work properly. Those considering a career as a cloud software engineer may be interested in exploring these links to learn more about these similar occupations.

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