Demand for "cloud -ready" IT workers will grow by 26 percent each year through 2015. So says a new Microsoft -sponsored IDC white paper. If that estimate bears out, that means there could be as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs in the world.
That said, IT hiring managers report that the biggest reason they failed to fill an existing 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012 is because job seekers lack the training and certification needed to work in a cloud-enabled world.
The IT sector is seeing only modest growth of IT jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average growth in IT employment sits between 1.1 percent and 2.7 percent per year through 2020. But within the larger IT sector, cloud jobs are gaining major momentum -- and the IDC study suggests an urgent need to retrain existing IT professionals and encourage students to pursue cloud-related IT trainings and certifications.
"Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills which haven't been needed in the past," said Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC. "There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing . Therefore, training and certification is essential for preparing prospective job candidates to work in cloud-related jobs."
Why So Cloudy?
Among the other findings, almost two-thirds of enterprises are planning, implementing or using cloud computing, and more than 50 percent of businesses agree that cloud computing is a high priority. However, more than three-quarters of businesses have apprehension about the security , access or data control of cloud computing.
Lack of training, certification or experience are the top three reasons why cloud positions are not filled. However, cloud-related skills represent virtually all the growth opportunities in IT employment worldwide and demand for cloud-related positions will grow by 26 percent annually through 2015.
"Cloud computing is crucial to the bottom line of the company -- it creates cost savings and efficiencies for companies and their customers," Anderson said. "Therefore, a cloud-savvy workforce is essential to the success of the IT industry's financial health." (continued...)
Posted: 2013-01-12 @ 7:56am PT
There should be a training campaign in the United States through the junior college programs.
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Posted: 2012-12-25 @ 9:14pm PT
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