The first thing I want to clarify before proceeding this article “How to become a Cloud Developer” further, this article is more valuable for the experienced candidates who have some experience in software and application development.
However, if you are a college student or just pass your high school/college and you are planning to make your career in cloud technology then you are on the right page here you will find that how you can get enter into cloud computing technology as a cloud developer.
Through this article, you will get these following information…
What is meant by Cloud Developer?
In general term, a developer is a person who designs and builds something useful in order to achieve a specific task from the scratch or by using resources.
Developer in the IT industry could be a software developer, web developer, or a video game developer.
Software Developer: Who can design and build a computer program according to the system requirements by using various resources.
For example, we all are using mobile phones, and who makes a mobile phone running, Yes it is OS (Operating System), which is a kind of software which is designed by a software developer.
Web Developer: A Computer programmer (An IT professional) who specializes in developing a website (World Wide Web applications)
So what is meant by cloud developer and how a cloud developer is different from other types of developers?
A cloud developer is also an IT professional just like others, but the process involved to develop something (computer software and applications) is different.
A cloud developer could also be using the same tools and software like others IT developers do but the resources (tools and software) they are using to build any types of computer application and software are from a cloud platform.
If you don’t know what cloud platform is then read this article cloud computing a complete guide for beginners
Who can get into cloud development? Who is more suitable to become a Cloud Software Engineer?
Any person who is good at programming can make a career in cloud development. It does not matter which programming language you know, the main thing is you must be an expert in any of the programming languages (you don’t have to be a rock star programmer).
So either you are a Software Developer / Software Engineer or a Web Developer you can get started learning cloud platform and can become a part of this amazing technology.
Most of the cloud developer (98%) have minimum 2 years of work experience in developing software and website before moving into the cloud platform. Therefore if you are planning to learn cloud computing development platform you should also have to gain some experience in the IT industry as a developer.
Can I get into cloud development without having any experience? Just after passing college.
As I mentioned in the beginning, this article is more valuable for the experience. But, nothing is impossible to achieve, so in simple.
Yes, you can but that is not an easy task you must have to develop the same skill sets and being an expert in that as an experienced person or perhaps better.
So to compete with 98% candidates, you must have to be really good at developing apps and writing codes.
Education required to become a Cloud Software Developer
Education 1 (Mandate): High School
You have to complete your senior secondary high school (12th standard) and subjects should be related to science (Maths/Physics/Computer).
Education 2 (Mandate): Bachelor’s Degree
It is very common for those who want to enter into cloud computing career path have a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
However many of the students also choose to go for mathematics or any technical related field degree.
The important thing is, you must possess a technical degree in order to become a part of this futuristic cloud technology.
If you are a non-technical person but still interested in this career path, you should read this article
Education 3 (Optional): Master’s Degree
If you have done your bachelors in Computer Science then you don’t have to worry about doing masters.
In order to become a cloud developer bachelor’s degree is more than sufficient.
Those candidates who have done their graduation in another technical field could go for Computer Science Master’s degree program, this is not mandatory though.
Prerequisites to get into cloud development
- Must know at least one programming language and should be proficient in that.
- familiar with software development concepts
- Hypervisor and Virtualization techniques
- Fundamental knowledge of cloud computing
- Basic Networking skills
Consider this two networking certification to develop some basic skills of networking and know about the devices which are used to build a network infrastructure.
The top 3 and trending Cloud Computing Certification for Developer
Nowadays there are many cloud service providers in the markets who offer cloud services to the businesses. But here I am only gonna tell you about those cloud vendors who affects most of the market and currently leading the cloud computing industry.
Each vendor has their own technology but the concepts remain the same to some extent. So to understand their technology you have to connect with them and use the tools and techniques, which they provide to develop an application over to the cloud.
And so each cloud service providers organise their own individual certification. So to get enter into cloud development you have to go through with their tools and technology.
You can consider any one of the following certifications
- AWS Certified Developer – Associate
- Salesforce Certified Platform Developer
- Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
These exams check your skills proficiency and ability to design, program, implement and monitor cloud-related application and services.
Certification ensures that you are mastered in a particular cloud service (PaaS- Platform as a Service) and so you are apt to be hired.
What will you learn as a Cloud Software Engineer/ Cloud Developer?
- You will learn about the core cloud services and how to use those services
- Basics of cloud solution architect and designing of cloud environment in an efficient way.
- You will learn how to install and configure the SDK (software development kit) and command line toolkit
- How to develop a cloud-based app by using a cloud development platform.
- Monitoring tools to watch over your application and how to configure the monitoring tools to get the better analysing report.
- The basic concept of network security and various types of security policies.
How to become a Cloud Developer [Step-by-Step] Cloud Software Engineer Guide
[Step 1] Education
Get the primary education which is mentioned above in this article.
[Step 2] Programming Languages
While during the college you can also learn some programming languages. To get into the software development field you must have command over at least one programming languages.
If you are not from computer science or IT background you can learn programming language after the college. And make sure you must be good at the language which you have learned before step into this career path.
[Step 3] Experience
After passing your bachelor’s degree, your next step would be getting a job in the software development company. In order to get into the cloud computing industry as a cloud developer, you must have at least 1 to 2 years of experience in developing software and applications.
[Step 4] Cloud Architecture
Before start learning how to develop a cloud-based application you must need to know what the cloud is and how it works, features and the benefit of using the cloud in an organisation. Understanding of different types of services provided by a cloud service provider and how to use it effectively to create a right platform.
For this you can also go for the cloud solution Architect exam preparation, this is not necessary for a person coming from software development background, though.
Also, read this article:
How to become a Cloud Solution Architect (No prior experience required)
[Step 5] Practical exposure of cloud development platform
To learn something new there is no better way than learning and doing it by yourself pragmatically. So that you can get a practical exposure to the technology, which you want to learn, in a more understandable way.
For the developers who want to get into cloud computing and want to learn how to develop an application on a cloud platform; many cloud service platforms provides 1-year subscription free of cost.
You just need to complete their signup process and then you can start developing your application and start learning other cloud tools.
AWS (Amazon Web Service): Click Here to get complete details about the free offer from the AWS
Salesforce lightning platform: Click Here to sign up for the free developer account
Microsoft Azure: Click Here to know about the free usage of Azure
[Step 6] Certification
After getting some hands-on experience of developing applications on a cloud platform, you can apply for the certification (choose any of the cloud platforms, that I listed above in this article, to get certified).
By getting certified means you know this individual cloud platform very well and you are capable of developing an application by using cloud platform services and tools.
And the most important thing you will get a better salary hike (almost double) than a non-certified cloud developer.
So if you are planning to get into this cloud computing domain you must have to consider to get certification.
Career scope in Cloud Development and why you should learn cloud computing platform
For better and clear understanding of cloud computing career scope, let’s take an example, based on the working scenario within a software development organisation.
Suppose you are a software developer in your company and you struck with an amazing idea which nobody has. So now you want this new application to develop. But before you actually going to start developing your application you have to set up many different things, let’s have a look one by one.
 You have to outline your all application requirements
 Build a perfect IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and install all the required software, such as servers and framework (if needed).
 Install and build database and management software for your application
 Proper sync your application with the database, so they can communicate with each other
After setup above mentioned application requirement, now you can implement your great idea and shape your application in realistic form.
This is not done yet, you have reached only the halfway because the application is not running in real-time i.e. nobody knows your amazing idea (So what’s the point). So to make your application publically you have to send it for production after consulting your boss.
The further procedure involving to run your application on real-time
 Setup servers and other necessary hardware to handle the maximum workload.
 If the required hardware is not available (which is in most of the cases, especially in small and medium level organisation) then placed an order for it
 Install and configure the same development environment on servers
So now you can develop your application to make it publically and to run in real time. But your problem is not over yet. As a developer you have to test your application frequently, to ensure your application is working fine in this new environment.
And if not then you have to go through the painstaking process of modifying the application.
So after taken all the setup and procedures successfully you can launch your application in real time environment so the users can see your amazing application.
To follow up all the procedures is a hectic process and also time-consuming. It will easily take 3 to 4 months of time to set up the complete application running environment.
And in that huge time gap of developing a new application. It could also be possible the exact same idea of yours can be developed by some other person.
So now what is the solution, Yes you are thinking right the most feasible and reliable solution is “cloud computing”.
If your organisation was connected to the cloud environment, then this whole scenario would be completely different. You don’t have to worry about the above 7 mentioned procedures and no need to wait for 3 to 4 months to implement your idea. You can start implementing your great idea form the very moment when you struck with the idea.
So because of all this problem in regular application building, every company wants to build their application and software on a cloud platform. Accordingly, they need someone to develop their application on cloud, so they need a cloud developer.
I hope this article “How to become a Cloud Developer” gives you an exact reason to become a cloud software engineer and why you should follow cloud computing career path.