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“Cloud” is in the running for the most-hyped term of the decade, and with good reason. Despite some early skepticism over the willingness of consumers and businesses to upload their work and lives to remote data centers, a rapidly growing number of people trust the cloud to store and manage their data. To find cloud-related jobs, click here. That desire for the cloud creates a corresponding need for IT professionals who can manage the complex systems underlying it. A recent analysis of searches by hiring managers in the Dice resume database found that employers want pros adept in Linux, Java/J2EE, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), Python, virtualization, and other skills. Here’s the complete list of the most popular: 1. Linux 2. Java/J2EE 3. SaaS 4. Python 5. Virtualization 6. Hadoop 7. vCloud 8. Security 9. Salesforce 10. Sales 11. C, C++, C# 12. OpenStack 13. Big Data 14. DevOps 15. Puppet Many entries on this list hint at cloud-builders’ preferences for platforms and tools. Puppet, for example, is an open-source IT automation tool, created by Puppet Labs, that’s used by a growing number of universities and companies to manage system configurations. OpenStack is an IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) platform similarly relied upon by a number of firms. And efficient data storage and analysis wouldn’t be possible without Hadoop or all the tools that fall under the umbrella of “Big Data.”

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Architects, engineers, developers, administrators, and analysts were the top positions sought by hiring managers in the context of cloud. That’s unsurprising, in light of all the companies (big and small) devoting enormous resources to building out, managing, and tweaking their respective cloud platforms. In tech-centric cities such as Seattle, the need for professionals skilled in cloud fundamentals has contributed to increased hiring. And with increased hiring comes bigger salaries—which makes the cloud good not only for consumers and businesses, but tech pros as well.

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