What is a Cloud Developer?

        The cloud computing industry is expanding and developing quickly which has led to an increase in demand for cloud developers and roles relating to cloud software. Cloud developers design cloud software and implement the integration of cloud infrastructures on existing systems within an organisation. They are expected to manage an organisation’s cloud computing strategy and oversee maintenance, planning, security measures and usage. In order to do this they need to be knowledgeable of the variety of cloud platforms available, these include: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Bluemix to name a few.

        What Kind of Skills do Cloud Developers Need?

        All cloud development-related roles require a level of software engineering proficiency and a technical understanding of how to develop cloud software and applications. Software engineering is a very desirable degree to have as a basis for this role but other applicable bachelor’s degrees include computer science or IT.

        What Hard Skills do Cloud Developers Need?

        As cloud developers are expected to understand how to scale application components, safeguard against security issues and resolve any encryption issues, there are many hard skills that they are required to possess. Hard skills for cloud developers include:

        • Familiarity with a database language likeSQL, MySQL, or MongoDB
        • Ability to code and create cloud computing applications
        • Familiarity with programming languages such as Python, Ruby, and Perl
        • Familiarity with Linux Systems

        Cloud Developer Qualifications

        There are a wide range of cloud-related qualifications available that increase the value of a cloud developer’s experience, these include but are not limited to:

        • Amazon Web Services Certification
        • Microsoft Azure Certification
        • Google Cloud Certification

        Cloud Developer Soft Skills

        Cloud developers have a varied role and require a wide range of soft skills, these include:

        • Ability to multitask
        • Attention to detail
        • Forward thinking
        • Ability to problem solve

        What are the Different Cloud Developer Roles?

        Due to the ever-evolving nature of cloud technology, a number of different cloud developer roles have emerged. These include:

        Cloud architect:

        Cloud architects are responsible for overseeing an organisation’s cloud computing strategy. This includes everything from planning, organising, and designing cloud infrastructure development and deployment. This requires a depth of understanding of the different cloud platforms available and being able to see which would suit their company’s needs and requirements. This can even involve implementing a blended model and drawing on several cloud services together. As this is a strategy role, there is a level of modelling and budget planning.

        Cloud consultant:

        A cloud consultant has a broad expertise in all technical capabilities of cloud systems and performs evaluations and surveys of a company’s requirements and existing cloud systems in order to provide suggestions for better implementation or different cloud-based solutions. They need to have a good understanding of any developments in the cloud marketplace to be able to suggest utilising the latest capabilities and services.

        Cloud engineer:

        Cloud engineer jobs used to centre around designing and connecting the cloud networks from multiple units for an organisation’s different office locations. However, this has now shifted to become a role that is more focused on implementing and managing cloud service delivery models such as IaaS, PaaS, and Saas. Cloud engineers safeguard cloud services by developing disaster recovery plans.

        Cloud software developer:

        Cloud software developers design and develop secure cloud services and products, this includes everything from web applications, front and back end, data and application integration and even user experience.

        Cloud Developer Salaries UK

        Cloud developers typically start at £40,000 – £50,000, rising from here.

        Architecture level developers can earn £70,000 – £80,000+.

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