A new graduate in the Bay Area with cloud computing experience can earn as much as $125,000 a year, according to a recent New York Times article. And with five years' experience, that salary can jump to around $300,000.
According to a Computerworld survey, cloud/software-as-a-service (SAAS) skills is expected to be one of the 10 hottest tech skills in 2016. More companies are jumping into cloud computing and are looking for engineers who can handle (and keep safe) large amounts of data. The most well-known of these services is Amazon Web Services, which launched in 2006 and is the biggest cloud computing service.
Businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations can pay Amazon Web Services to run their data and IT centers. Small businesses don't have to spend time and money setting up their own IT infrastructure, and Amazon Web Services is often able to offer more secure data centers than the ones they would be able to create themselves.
Tech giants such as Microsoft and Oracle, which launched cloud computing services in 2010 and 2011, respectively, are stepping up to compete with Amazon Web Services--and are looking to recruit some Amazon employees to do so. Shannon Anderson, a recruiter who works with companies in Seattle and the Bay Area, told the Times that employees that work for Amazon's Web Services may be receiving as many as "five to 20 recruiting offers a day."
Recruiting engineers with cloud computing experience is even more challenging for young startups with less money to throw around. Cade Garrett, a recruiter for Krux, a San Francisco-based startup that helps businesses analyze customer data, says that he keeps his engineers' contact information off the company's website so that recruiters don't find it. And he tries to attract engineers with the same pitch that many startups make--working at a smaller company will give engineers the chance to do more hands-on, "mission-critical work."