Your Next Move: Cloud Architect

by Jessica Frank | Mar 18, 2019
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This article is part of an IT Career News series called “Your Next Move.” These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

If you like to be at the forefront of technology and want to design and implement your own ideas, then becoming a cloud architect may be in your future.

What Is a Cloud Architect?

A cloud architect designs and plans cloud environments, depending on the needs of their organization.

Successful cloud architects possess the following traits:

  • Problem solving – as cloud technology grows, so will the problems that pop up
  • Being versatile and able to handle things like front-end platforms, servers, storage, delivery and networks required to manage cloud storage
  • Experience with a number of IT fields, including client systems and applications, networking, infrastructure and web tools

The cloud refers to any process which has servers on the internet versus in house. A cloud architect must manage and oversee the technology that makes the cloud work for an organization. They must always be knowledgeable about new developments and recent updates, and keep security of cloud services top of mind.

Cloud architects are now a vital part of an organization’s IT team. More and more, cloud solutions make more sense than in-house servers for certain business uses, which means a position like cloud architect will only become more prevalent.

How to Become a Cloud Architect

Most companies hiring a cloud architect are looking for someone with at least bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics. However, since the position is a relatively new one, some smaller companies or startups may hire someone without a four-year degree, as long as they have the skills, experience and certifications to get the job done.

IT certifications like CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Cloud+ can help you land a position as a cloud architect. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a cloud architect.

The Details

Cloud Architect Salary Range

According to Burning Glass Technologies, the median advertised salary in for a cloud architect in 2018 was $135,000.

Cloud Architect Job Outlook

Cloud technology is booming, so the outlook for jobs like cloud architect are booming as well. This technology is hot, and with that comes job growth. According to Burning Glass Technologies, there were 1,401 new cloud architect jobs advertised between November 2017 and 2018.

Job Titles Related to Cloud Architect

Will your next move be cloud architect? If so, check out CompTIA Cloud+ to get the skills to get you there.


  • George Thomas

    Friday, March 29, 2019

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  • Ronda Slade

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    I would like information on it and the certification I need to take

  • Blessing

    Saturday, March 30, 2019

    How do I get started? With cloud Architect

  • Ahmed Mahmood

    Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Planning for Security + right now but wanted to know to become both Cloud and Security certifies. Is there any combination?

  • Pedro Garza

    Sunday, March 31, 2019

    Great, insightful article!

  • Shubham kodandwar

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Thank u best suggestion.....

  • Andre Adams

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    This is good information. A.Adams

  • Stephen Brewer

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Linux is also the foundation for most Cloud Native Container applications. As an example, Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It was originally designed by Google, and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Hi, Ahmed! Thanks for your question. If you get CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cloud+, you'll also earn the stackable certification CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional. Learn more here:

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