Cloud computing skills are in demand. If you’re an architect or engineer with these skills in your pocket, you can command top dollar from employers. But of course, some jobs pay better than others. PayScale recently crunched the numbers to determine the highest paying cloud computing jobs on the market today. (Forbes highlighted some key takeaways from the data.)
Let’s take a closer look at the five highest paying cloud computing jobs of 2017, according to PayScale’s analysis:
1. Enterprise Architect, IT – Median salary: $138,137.
Enterprise architects analyze technology usage and requirements and communicate their findings to stakeholders on the business side. Chegg.com describes them as being similar to a school principal, overseeing everything — “But while the Principal takes care of such things as student performance, teacher responsibilities, budgets, and school maintenance, your milieu as an Enterprise Architect doesn’t involve lunchroom tables and standardized tests. Rather, you’re concerned with an enterprise’s labor force, computer systems, structure, software usage, and missions.” Workers in this occupation generally have at least five to 10 years of IT experience, plus a degree in computer science or a related field. Pay varies by company, location and years of experience.
2. Senior Solutions Architect – Median salary: $132,004.
Senior solutions architects provide technical leadership and support, translating business requirements into solutions. Pay doesn’t vary much with experience, but most of these professionals have at least five years’ IT experience and hold a bachelor’s degree. The position requires excellent leadership and mentoring abilities.
3. Solutions Architect – Median salary: $122,465.
Solutions architects are a vital part of a company’s cloud computing team. They identify problems, solutions and future goals, working within a team of professionals. Solutions architects generally have a related degree and experience in the field. Individual employers are the biggest factor affecting pay for these workers.
4. Information Technology (IT) Architect – Median salary: $120,998.
Information technology architects play a part in managing the technical components of a business as they relate to goals and plans. IT architects often also manage the security architecture. They ensure compliance with regulations as well as implementing updated and new systems. These professionals typically hold computer science degrees and have experience in the field. Because this is an information-sensitive position, security clearance is sometimes required.
5. Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT) – Median salary: $106,808.
These professionals are responsible for monitoring and managing computer systems and tools that are vital to the business. They must be familiar with automation frameworks tools like Chef and Puppet, as well as version control systems, relational databases and web servers, among other technologies. Senior systems engineers generally have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering. They usually have at least five years of experience working in the field.
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