The cloud computing market is forecast to reach $411bn by 2020 according to new research from global communications provider CenturyLink and Statista. By 2025, the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates worldwide data will grow to 175 zettabytes (175 trillion gigabytes), with much of that data residing in the cloud. Everyone is using the cloud, from tech companies transferring huge amounts of data to your grandparents checking out your birthday photos on Dropbox - cloud computing has made its way into every aspect of our lives.
Amazon, a market leading provider of cloud services , have proved how important and lucrative the cloud can be. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was responsible for 13% of Amazon’s overall revenue of quarterly revenue as of 2019. However, monetary gains from cloud computing are not solely reserved for large multi-nationals such as Amazon. A recent Microsoft survey found that nearly 70% of organizations reinvested cloud savings back into their business, helping bring on new talent and drive product innovation to grow the company.
According to Forbes, there are 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. today from 3,701 employers. Across these available roles, the popular skills in demand are Java, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Software Development, DevOps, Docker and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Washington DC and Arlington, Virginia have the most open positions for cloud computing professionals in the US today, ranking ahead of the tech hubs of San Francisco and New York City.