This is one of those annoying ‘I told you so’ posts.
A couple of years back I could see the writing on the wall and began to recruit top cloud engineers to put together training courses for certifications including:
I’ve also issued free exam offers and other incentives. My reason was that I saw a massive recruitment drive coming for cloud engineers, and I didn’t want you to miss out. I had the usual emails from idiots saying I was only pushing these courses for my own benefit, but my criteria has never changed. I only add courses I’m 100% sure will give you a big career boost and make you a very valuable IT engineer to any company. Otherwise, what's the point of us all being here right?
We’ll it’s all kicking off now. There is a literal stampede to hire cloud certified engineers with salaries ranging from $300,000 to $1 million for experienced engineers. It’s all driven by market supply and demand and (as I pointed out many months ago) and there is currently a massive shortfall in cloud engineers which means two things to you and me:
- Massive salary hike, even for low-end roles
- The bar is lowered for people with very little experience
“On the social media site LinkedIn, for example, there are over 130 engineering positions available at Oracle Seattle. Many of them are the kind of jobs that now pay $300,000 to $1 million a year, according to Shannon Anderson, who has been recruiting engineers in Seattle and the Bay Area for 25 years.” – New York Times (Online)
I last saw this in the late 90s when recruitment consultants would fight over Cisco certified engineers and Microsoft engineers. They would take you out to lunch and dread another recruitment agent stealing you away from them. Cisco CCIEs were being offered $120,000 plus a big benefits package. As soon as I passed my CCNA I was offered jobs because of the lack of certified engineers.
Supply vs Demand
As supply increased, we all saw salaries drop, and it became a buyers market. You were lucky if any recruitment agent would reply to your emails. Now even the most seasoned CCIEs barely earn more than an experienced CCNP. We’ve all seen the job adverts asking for 15 years experience, MCSE, CCIE and speak three languages. Ugh.
So, while the frenzy is going on, I’m suggesting you get cloud certified as a matter of urgency. It will literally take a couple of weeks to get CompTIA Cloud certified and the same for Amazon. All the tools you need are supplied by Amazon by way of free trials. It literally doesn’t get much better than this for any IT person but especially rookies who are looking for a break.
Even if you start out doing some crummy cloud support engineer / helpdesk role to start with I guarantee you that your salary will be very high (due to lack of qualified engineers) and with six months experience under your belt, you will be able to choose your next job and name your price.
For all the skeptics out there, none of this is coming from me. Below is last weeks article on this very subject from the New York Times:
And here is an article from last weeks recruitment website Dice.com:
So, have a think whether you enjoy the idea of cloud computing (it’s really great to learn and very rewarding indeed) and consider that, just as with IPv6 it’s coming whether you like it or not.
If you choose to only stick with the traditional networking route, then you risk becoming irrelevant in the next few years and, of course, you will be competing in a very busy market. All vendor networking skills will continue to be important for several years to come so still pursue them but you really should be getting cloud certified also.
MCSA/MCSE + Cloud certifications
Cisco + Cloud certifications
So why not stack the deck in your favor?