What Cloud Computing Skills are Employers Recruiting for?

Cloud computing continues to appear in the news as more companies are transitioning to cloud-based software and applications. Although technology jobs most commonly require cloud computing experience, we are seeing jobs across the organization that need to be able to work on and use cloud-based services. During April 2012, more than 12,000 cloud computing jobs were seen advertised online, a 50% year-over-year increase when compared to April of 2011 and up more than 275% versus April 2010.

Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills - 4 Year Hiring Trend

Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing
Source: WANTED Analytics

As we mentioned, tech jobs most commonly require cloud computing skills and experience. Some of the most commonly advertised cloud computing related job titles were:

  1. Software Engineers
  2. Java Developer
  3. Systems Engineer
  4. Network Engineer
  5. Websphere Cloud Computing Engineer
Other occupations with high demand for cloud computing skills were Marketing Managers, Sales Representatives, Management Analysts, Operations Managers, Business Analysts, and Market Research Analysts.

Potential candidates for cloud computing jobs are often required to have knowledge or experience with several tools and technologies. All of the below 10 most commonly required skills are technology related.

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Oracle Java
  3. Linux
  4. Structured query language (SQL)
  5. UNIX
  6. Software as a Service (SaaS)
  7. VMware Software
  8. Salesforce CRM
  9. Python extensible programming language
  10. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl)
Not too surprisingly, the metro area the highest volume of cloud computing job ads during April was San Jose. San Francisco and Seattle also appeared in the top 5 locations with the third and fourth highest demand. The West Coast - particularly in the Silicon Valley area - is a big area for tech careers. However, the East Coast is seeing growing demand as well. Washington (DC) and New York appeared as some areas with high demand last month.

With increasing demand for this talent, companies are likely to find cloud computing jobs hard-to-recruit. Our Hiring Scale™ shows that employers in Seattle are currently experiencing some of the greatest competition to attract talent. Here, Recruiters may experience a longer time-to-fill than many other areas across the United States. In fact, the average posting period in Seattle is more than 7 weeks. This is slightly longer than the national average of 6 weeks.

Hiring Scale for Cloud Computing Skills - Seattle, WA vs. National Average

Hiring Scale for Cloud Computing Skills in Seattle, WA
Source: WANTED Analytics

Just as some places will find these jobs harder than average to fill, there are cities where job openings are likely to be filled faster and more easily. The Hiring Scale shows that the best places to recruit cloud computing professionals are currently Poughkeepsie (NY), Harrisburg (PA), and Sarasota (FL). These areas are likely to fill job openings faster than the rest of the United States since competition to attract qualified potential candidates is smaller. Online job ads in these 3 locations are posted for an average of about 5 weeks, more than 2 weeks shorter than in Seattle.

Are you hiring for professionals with cloud computing skills? Find out how hard-to-fill these jobs are in your area with the free, online Hiring Scale™! Just type in "cloud computing" as your keyword and the location of the job opening - we'll show you a Hiring Scale, average salary information, and who you are competing with for talent!