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How to go for gold in the cloud career game

Cloud talent is in high demand, resulting in big pay, plentiful perks, and a near future-proof career path. But where should you begin? Start now with ACG.

Jun 08, 2023 • 5 Minute Read

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Cloud talent is in super high demand, resulting in supersized salaries, plentiful perks, and a near future-proof career path. But what exactly does that mean?

Employers are racing to find workers with cloud skills

LinkedIn — which has listed cloud computing as one of the most in-demand hard skills for years running — gives the following assessment of 2021, calling out that employers are increasingly seeking and investing in skills around AWS (or Amazon Web Services).

“Technical skills are in high demand across the globe right now as companies look to keep their competitive advantage and develop a track record of success through innovation. This year, employees at the LinkedIn Top Companies grew their skills in AWS (up 42%), Python (up 25%), and machine learning (up 23%) — all skills that are driving innovation in nearly every industry.”

And it's not just AWS skills that employers are on the lookout for. Demand for Microsoft Azure skills is also up, especially in enterprise organizations — with Microsoft's cloud being used in 95% of Fortune 500 companies. Google Cloud (GCP) skills are a hot ticket as well, with GCP certifications regularly topping the list of the best-paying cloud certifications.

Investing in cloud skills can help employees climb in their current organizations or land new jobs (about 120,000 today listed on Indeed) with the countless companies seeking cloud talent.

Cloud engineer jobs pay $117,000 USD on average

Sounds good, yeah? But let’s talk pay. Jumping jobs can feel like a daunting task. Will it be worth your effort?  

Indeed reports that right now the average base cloud engineer salary in the U.S. is $117,360 (plus a $10,000 annual bonus).

Not too shabby. Of course, your mileage may vary based on location (or maybe not so much in the growing remote-first world of work) but the short of it is: if you’re looking for a pay bump and more opportunities, investing in developing your cloud skills can be a smart move.

But where do you start?

Top Paying Cloud Certifications and Jobs

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Ready, set, cloud!

Whether you’re a total tech newcomer looking to jump-start your cloud career or have some experience and are looking to master new skills, A Cloud Guru’s hands-on learning approach can put you on the path to career success. With ACG in your corner, you get the expert-led coaching and hands-on practice needed to give your cloud career a head start.

Consider the career journey of A Cloud Guru learner Thad McMullen. Thad doubled his salary in 3 months and went from a help desk job to cloud career.

With 400+ courses and 1,800+ Hands-On Labs, you can fine-tune your cloud training regimen to fit your exact needs. Start training for the job of your dreams today. 95% of ACG users say our tools and content directly helped in their careers.

 And there's never been a better time to start your cloud career than right now. 

Go the distance in your cloud career

When it comes to cloud technology, the rules of the game are always changing. Fortunately, it’s easy to stay ahead of the pack with A Cloud Guru.

To help give you a head start, check out our current promos and deals to snag the best price on an ACG membership. Or sign up for a free account and check out our current line-up of free cloud training.

Next steps

Once you’ve got ACG in your corner, where should you begin?

  • Check out ACG's Learning Paths to plot a path through the cloud learning content that will be best for your desired career.
  • Check out the official ACG Discord server. It’s the place to ask questions, study with friends, win swag, and find support along your cloud journey.

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