Cloud Architects are Information Technology (IT) experts responsible for overseeing a company’s cloud computing system, converting the technical requirements of a project into the architecture and design that will shape the final product. They monitor cloud activity, design and migrate applications, plan courses of action, and define computer loads. Cloud Architects often work on projects with members of a technology team, including DevOps Engineers and Developers.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Create roadmaps based on the cloud’s capacity, efficiency and ecosystem security
- Create diagrams, domain models, and other types of software artifacts to decode a particular problem
- Collaborate with software programmers and engineers
- Lead and manage a cross-functioning technology team
- Monitor cloud activity, design and migrate applications, plan courses of action, and define computer loads
- Respond to technical issues in a professional and timely manner
Education and Background
This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, applied mathematics, or a related field. Many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s or doctorate, and prior experience as an administrator or architect in any of the well-known operating systems.
Skills and Competencies
- Lots of experience in computer scripting languages like Python, Ruby, and Elixir
- Excellent knowledge in current computing trends and technologies
- Ability to design and implement cloud infrastructure, platforms, and applications
- Exceptional leadership and people skills
- Strong verbal and written communication
- Experience in computer security, such as firewalls
- Expertise in at least one operating system: Linux, Unix, Solaris, Ubuntu, Windows
- Proficiency in networking: TCP/IP, IP addresses, HTTP, DNS
According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Cloud Architect with
1 Year of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $120,000
- Tampa, Florida: $135,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $120,000
- Miami, Florida: $114,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $133,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $125,000
- Houston, Texas: $125,000
- Los Angeles, California: $130,000
- New York, New York: $150,000
- Seattle, Washington: $125,000
- Overall: $125,000
5 Years of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $131,000
- Tampa, Florida: $140,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $130,000
- Miami, Florida: $135,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $141,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $148,000
- Houston, Texas: $145,000
- Los Angeles, California: $150,000
- New York, New York: $165,000
- Seattle, Washington: $143,000
- Overall: $139,000
Similar Job Titles
- Cloud Developer
- Cloud Systems Administrator
- Cloud Solutions Architect
- Cloud Engineer
- Cloud Software Engineer
- Cloud Consultant
- Cloud System Engineer
- Cloud Network Engineer
The path to becoming a Cloud Architect begins with earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, applied mathematics, or a related field. Many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s or doctorate, and prior experience as an administrator or architect in any of the well-known operating systems. Certification in AWS Certified Solutions Architect validates an individual’s technical expertise in cloud platforms.
According to an article on industry site TechRepublic, an estimated 83 percent of enterprises will be in the cloud in 2020. This rapid growth, along with companies making cloud migration a priority, means there should be an increase in job possibilities in cloud-related jobs. By 2022, the worldwide public cloud services market will hit $331.2 billion, which would make the cloud services industry three times bigger than overall IT services, according to a new study from Indeed.com.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Cloud Architects should grow by five percent between 2018 and 2028. This growth rate is as fast as average.
The typical hours for a Cloud Architect are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in an office setting.
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