Cloud Computing Could Potentially Generate Millions of Jobs

February 25th, 2013

The year ahead promises to bring great career opportunities for those in the Information Technology and Data Management markets. Experts predict that candidates who have experience working with and developing new cloud technology will be at the forefront of this career growth in 2013.

What do reports say about career growth in cloud computing?

A recent study conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft indicates that by the year 2015, there will be some 14.1 million new jobs created by cloud computing alone, spurred by the billions in dollars that large firms are investing in this technology. Further the IDC/Microsoft study advised that, “Most of that job growth will hail from emerging markets — China and India in particular. It is estimated that these countries will generate 6.75 million cloud-related jobs versus an estimated 2.8 million jobs in the Asia Pacific region, 2.07 in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and 1.17 million in North America.”

The US makes up a large part of the demand for cloud technology, with over half of all cloud apps being developed for US businesses of all sizes and industries. It’s clear that cloud technology and everything it stands for are here to stay for many years to come – leading to some excellent career opportunities for IT and support pros alike.

The US Department of Labor backs up this claim in its Occupational Employment Projections to 2020 that was published in the January 2012 Monthly Labor Review. In the next decade, there is expected to be above average growth in the IT and cloud computing career paths, with more than half of all job creation attributed to business and information services. There is projected to be approximately 55,800 more jobs established with an 18 percent growth rate until 2020 in information systems.

How can employers prepare for the demand for cloud computing professionals?

One of the keys to success in the word of cloud computing is having employees who are knowledgeable about cloud technology and use it effectively in their normal duties. Hiring capable staff who have a high level of comfort and understand the nature of global business can give your organization an edge in your industry. Cloud computing is transforming many of the administrative and sales functions at companies around the world. Obviously tapping into great IT and technology talent, by working with Stark Talent, should be a critical part of your recruitment strategy.

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