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Why Cloud & Big Data Should Be Top Of Mind For Computer Engineers

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Current and aspiring computer engineers should to be looking towards developing their skills and knowledge around cloud computing and big data technologies.

This week, an aspiring computer engineer is looking for advice on which IT certifications to focus his efforts on as he works to complete his associates degree. With CompTIA's A+ and Network+ certifications in progress, he's debating on whether to take Microsoft's MCSE path, Cisco's CCNP track, or pursue his interests in the database field with SQL certifications.

We recommend that Nate also spends some time looking into big data and cloud computing credentials, as both of these fields are growing at an unprecedented pace and are sure to offer him plenty of opportunities to grow his career. 

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Dear Nate:

I hope that once you finish your associates degree that you'll consider planning for a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science or a relevant engineering field. Lots of studies show that those with more educational attainment enjoy higher lifetime incomes and better job opportunities than those with less formal education. If you do want to "grow into an Engineer," as you put it in your submission, earning a bachelor's degree will become a key stepping stone for you.

Your interests in IT certification are pretty broad, and represent one of three possible paths that you can take in your IT career; mainly, systems administration with the MCSE, network administration with the CCNP and database administration with SQL certifications. Any one of these three tracks will enable you to successfully start your career in IT and open up plenty of opportunities for entry level work.

As you move forward with your career, I would suggest also digging into cloud computing and big data certifications. You can take a look at some of the top credentials in each of these areas on our top five lists:

You might be wondering "why did Ed include cloud and big data?" I suggest these two areas because if you're interested in systems administration and management, and in databases, you should also be tuned into what's going on with the cloud and big data in the IT realm. There are lots of opportunities in both of these areas, and since you're just getting started down the career trail, these are great points of interest that you should visit soon, to see if you might want to explore either or both of them further.

Both cloud and big data are exploding with interest and the demand for IT professionals with cloud and/or big data expertise is rising quickly. Recent research from WANTED Analytics shows that demand for Computer Systems Analysis who are also big data experts increased by nearly 90 percent in 2014. And cloud computing related IT jobs are now at nearly 400,000 in America alone.

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You should look into the possibility of pursuing these certification as part of your curriculum; many community and four year colleges offer programs that incorporate certification as part of their IT curricula, so you may be able to get certified and earn credit toward graduation at the same time. On the other hand, if you can't do that, your institution may still be an IT academy of some kind (Cisco, Micrsoft, CompTIA, and others have programs where they offer training and cert prep to students and faculty at affiliated institutions at low cost or no cost) so you may be able to get training and deals on cert exams at a discount while you're still in school anyway. Be sure to check it out!

Thanks again for writing. Best of luck with your career and certification planning.