Cloud Architect Insights

Cloud Architects are booming in the technology space and CSS Tec has had the great opportunity to recruit for them. 

“Business intelligence about this skill set is in demand. CSS Tec employees continue to be subject matter experts in this niche,” says Lee Sokalsky, Managing Director of CSS-Tec.

Cloud Architect Data (complete!)

There are over 13,000 Cloud Architect positions in the United States, and according to Glassdoor, the national average salary for this position is approximately $141,000.

According to Dice, a Cloud Architect in the Philadelphia area can expect to make this:

  • Entry-level (0-2 years): $86,500 – $117,500/year
  • Associate (3-5 years): $90,000 – $124,500/year
  • Mid-Senior level (6-10 years): $95,000 – $131,000/year
  • Director (11-14 years): $100,000 – $139,000/year

What is Cloud Computing?

Microsoft Azure describes cloud computing as such: “the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.”

The non-tangible cloud was released in 2006 and cloud computing is only growing. In a study conducted in 2018, 77% of organizations surveyed reported using at least one cloud service for their business. In 2019, that number has increased to a whopping 94%. Businesses aren’t just using one platform though: there has been a large movement for organizations to employ a multi-cloud strategy, which includes a mix of public clouds and private clouds.

What is a Cloud Architect?

A Cloud Architect is a high-level cloud computing expert. Business savvy with a strong technical background, the Cloud Architect collaborates with businesses/decision-makers to understand their needs and to complete projects and develop solutions in their cloud(s) to optimize processes. The Cloud Architect is also responsible for implementing the cloud platform(s) as needed and increasing adoption among users.

How to Become a Cloud Architect 

Since cloud architects must have strong technical skills, having an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in Computer Science/Information Technology is practically a must for cloud architects. Cloud architects are expected to have experience in operating systems, networking operating systems, programming languages, and security tools.

If you already have a background in technology, the next move is to get certified. The three most beneficial platforms to get certifications in, which offer free training classes, are:

  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  2. Microsoft Azure
  3. Google Cloud

Who is CSS Tec?

CSS Tec, a business unit of Contemporary Staffing Solutions, has been a leading provider of contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire technology solutions while also offering Project Management and implementations of Salesforce solutions. CSS Tec prides itself on internal retention, with the average recruiter’s tenure exceeding five years, as well as their strong, established presence in the Philadelphia Metro area. The CSS Tec team coaches you with current business intelligence so that we can manage your expectations. 

“A real technical staffing partner understands how IT fits into your future projects that tie to your overarching strategy at the C-Level,” says Sharon Tsao, CMO of Contemporary Staffing Solutions.   

Are you looking for your next Cloud Architect role? Check out our job board for all our open positions or contact a tech recruiter to help you in your job search!

Employers, looking to find skilled candidates for technical positions? Reach out to CSS Tec to discuss partnering with us!