Hey future cloud pros! Listen up, if you’re aiming to level up your tech career or are a newbie with an itch to dive into the cloud, now’s your moment. Time waits for no one, so let’s break down how to go from zero to cloud engineer in less than a year. Trust me, it’s doable.
Step 1: Get Cozy with Linux
Before you even think about floating on clouds, you need to get your feet wet in Linux. This OS is the backbone of many cloud services. Spend a good 3 to 6 months mastering the basics—there are plenty of courses out there to guide you.
Step 2: Complete Real-world Simulated Projects
Once you’re comfortable with Linux, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with real-world simulated projects. Think building a web app with AWS or setting up a Kubernetes cluster on Azure. Completing 3 of these projects will not only solidify your skills but also make your resume pop.
Step 3: Certify Your Skills
Nothing screams “I know my stuff” like a shiny certification. Go for associate level certifications like AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate or Google Associate Cloud Engineer. These usually require passing an exam, but the ROI in terms of job prospects and salary is definitely worth it.
Step 4: Flaunt Your Skills
Now that you’re skilled and certified, update that resume and LinkedIn profile. Make sure to highlight your newly acquired skills, completed projects, and certifications. Don’t shy away from networking either; joining cloud-focused communities can open doors you didn’t even know existed.
What’s the Payoff?
Now let’s talk numbers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics¹, there were around 173,000 computer network architects (that includes cloud engineers, FYI) in 2022. This number is expected to hit 180,000 by 2031. That’s a lot of seats at the cloud table.
And it’s not just about job availability. The perks of a cloud career are drool-worthy—high salary, remote work options, diverse projects, and the list goes on. As per Indeed², the average annual salary for a cloud engineer in the U.S. was $127,000 in 2023. Keep leveling up, and you could be pulling in even more within a couple of years.
Wrap-up: Your Future is in the Cloud
So there it is, a clear-as-day roadmap to get you into the cloud by May 2024. All it takes is commitment, a plan, and a go-getter attitude. Don’t just let life happen; grab the cloud by its virtual servers and make your dreams a reality!
By Demecos Chambers,
Experienced Cloud Architect