In addition to establishing and managing a private cloud infrastructure, Gula says cloud architects will increasingly need to be experts in choosing public cloud services. "When you get into the nuances of SLAs, you become less of an IT person and more of a lawyer," says Gula. The ultimate goal is the hybrid cloud, where cloud architects and business management decide which cloud services make the most sense to run internally and which should be farmed out on a pay-per-use basis.
Gula says any business depending on outside companies for significant chunks of cloud infrastructure needs a cloud expert capable of taking on the odious challenge of deciphering the terms of a license agreement to assess the veracity of any service provider's guarantee. These skills will prove critical in risk management, which, according to both Hill of Dice.com and Ripaldi of Modis, is another rapidly growing IT field.
More changes to IT jobs on the horizon
Naturally, these six emerging roles represent just a sampling of what IT pros can expect to see in the coming months. One big trend to watch for is the increasing specificity of IT job functions.
"What we're seeing with these emerging job positions is a splintering of monolithic tech functions into more granular definitions. Enterprise skills used to be all-encompassing, just like an MD was once enough in the medical world. Today tech roles are being sliced more finely," says Dice.com's Hill. "We see it happening already in even relatively new areas like mobile. For tech professionals, it's clear that in order to be recognized for your skills, a solid base is a good start, but specificity is key."
So if you have a broad background and are looking to make a change, a resume tailored to the job you want to pursue -- plus a little supplemental training and experience if you can swing it -- can pay off. Another piece of advice: Get cracking now. Surges in IT hiring like this one don't happen that often.
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