Cloud computing creating new technology jobs

Clouds don't just store moisture anymore, they're also used for housing data and other business information. The clouds in this case aren't the puffy white ones floating overhead. Instead, cloud computing is revolutionizing the way business store and access company records and client information. The relatively new technology is a top priority for firms across the world, and it's also creating a new class of jobs that technical recruiters are uniquely positioned to help businesses find talent for.

Potential to create millions of jobs
Professionals with cloud computing skills are increasingly becoming a hiring target because many business are recognizing the benefits. A report by research firm IDC sponsored by Microsoft found more than two-thirds of companies across the world are planning and implementing cloud computing: 50 percent said it was a "high priority."

The focus on cloud has translated into big jobs growth in information technology (IT). The report found cloud-related positions will grow by 26 percent annually through 2015 worldwide, resulting in as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs globally.

However, the same report found firms are having a tough time locating and hiring the right talent for their cloud positions. IT hiring managers said insufficient talent was a primary factor behind 1.7 million unfilled cloud positions in 2012.

"Despite modest growth of the IT sector overall in the United States, cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013," said Cushing Anderson, program vice president for IDC. "But with this increase comes the harsh reality that workforces around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry."

The need for more-than capable talent for cloud positions is something technical recruiters are extremely aware of and understand. In a recent Symatec study, the digital security firm found 70 percent of small businesses experienced rogue cloud problems. Security is a top concern with cloud, and engineering recruiters can help businesses interested in such technologies find the most qualified talent to preserve their company and client records while also markedly upgrading cloud services.

Some of the jobs technical recruiters can help business prepare for include cloud architects who focus on configurations, cloud database specialists who specialize in storage and retrieval and cloud security specialists who aim to improve security measures to prevent breaches and leaks.