Q&A: Junior Cloud Engineer

CCI Training is a trusted higher-education partner, helping entrepreneurs and people seeking an entry-level Junior Cloud Engineer job explore new and emerging opportunities.

We offer advanced training courses at our Dallas and Arlington campuses for those looking to move up the technology career ladder.  Employers also benefit by providing CCI as a resource for staff and managers who want to harness the power of knowledge to move their organization closer to a lean, efficient machine.

Our AWS certification program is one example of how you can use cloud technology to drive performance and job opportunities as a Junior Cloud Engineer.

The following will help to answer your questions about what is takes to become a Junior Cloud Engineer and what you can expect from this IT career.

What is the average Junior Cloud Engineer salary?

The nationwide average Junior Cloud Engineer salary is $91,593 annually, about $44 per hour, according to Zip Recruiter. Overtime may be required in this career. Keep in mind, this position could be a launching pad for more advanced Cloud Engineer careers that pay substantially more. Cloud Directors, Senior AWS Cloud Architects, and Senior Cloud Architects are three future options for those who choose to continue learning as they gain real-world experience. The annual average salary for Cloud Architect AWS personnel in Dallas, TX is currently more than $157,000, with some engineers in this class earning more than $230,000.

What are the responsibilities of a Junior Cloud Engineer?

A Junior Cloud Engineer serves as a supporting team member during cloud project implementation. The JCE is typically the first line in the chain, working from the service desk or support channels. Working in this position will be a combination of maintaining, supporting, and monitoring cloud infrastructure.

Junior cloud engineer job responsibilities will vary greatly, depending on whether you chose a career in academia, a medical environment, manufacturing, real state investment, or another sector. Some common duties may include:

  • Supporting migration to a cloud-based system
  • Negotiating with vendors — servers providers, hardware vendors, backup utility suppliers, etc.
  • Coordinating and scheduling collaborative team efforts
  • Developing and implementation of cloud-based policies
  • Monitoring cloud-stored data and other assets
  • Providing internal and external IT support
  • Evaluating costs and lifecycle of technology assets
  • And, other system and administration support services, as needed

What certifications are needed to become a Junior Cloud Engineer?

Industry certification requirements necessary to gain Junior Cloud Engineer jobs vary widely, depending on the needs of an organization seeking IT workers. An AWS Practitioner certificate and appropriate systems certificates will be enough to demonstrate your basic competencies. The AWS certificate is the second set of credentials that demonstrate your commitment to professional growth as the IT field evolves.

What does a Junior Cloud Engineer do?

The short answer is that a Junior Cloud Engineer supports senior engineers during cloud implementation projects. Daily duties may include:

  • Supporting cloud security teams,
  • Working with AI and machine learning technology,
  • Developing, monitoring, and maintaining databases, and
  • Being an interface for cloud service providers.

What are the skills required?

Naturally, becoming a Junior Cloud Engineer demands exceptional soft skills — strong written, oral, and visual communication capabilities, professionalism, active listening skills, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and the ability to deliver solutions under pressure, while maintaining a calm, team-focused composure.

Successful job candidates will be able to demonstrate technical

competency in Windows Networking and System Administration activities. Companies consider it an advantage if the applicant has a working knowledge of horizontal scaling, self-healing architectures, ephemeral infrastructure and monitoring, and alert design.

Can I become a Junior Cloud Engineer without a degree?

Yes. Most companies will want at least two years of relevant experience working as a system engineer, or in a supporting role to senior-level cloud engineers or system architects. In lieu of a computer science degree, many will accept a Technical IT diploma from a trusted tech school and/or a Junior Cloud Engineer AWS certificate.

What cities are hiring for Junior Cloud Engineer?

San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Research Triangle Park, NC, Columbus, OH, and Harrisburg, PA companies are all hiring Cloud Engineers as the technology field continues to grow and remote support becomes more important. According to ZipRecruiter, Dallas ranks 6th in the nation on the list of major cities now hiring for Junior Cloud Engineer jobs.

Accelerate Your IT Career Today With CCI Training in Dallas

CCI Training Center prepares students to accelerate their IT career with foundational IT courses and advanced classes designed to help gain valuable industry certifications. You can start that journey by enrolling in the Cloud Technology Administration certification preparation program today! If you have more questions about this IT job and opportunities in Dallas, our career counselors are waiting to help you. Call us or visit our Arlington or Dallas Campus today to discuss your future.

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