Entry-Level Cloud Computing Jobs: Roles, Duties, and Pay

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Explore entry-level cloud computing job titles, salaries, and requirements.

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Cloud computing refers to the delivery of computational resources, like servers, applications, or data storage, via the internet. Working in cloud computing generally involves building, managing, and maintaining the infrastructure that enables that delivery.

In this article, we’ll discuss the various job titles you may see as you search for entry-level cloud computing jobs and differentiate between them. We’ll also offer information regarding average salaries and typical job requirements.

Entry-level cloud computing jobs

Entry-level cloud computing jobs tend to require background knowledge and hands-on experience working in information technology (IT) or a similar field. Many people entering cloud computing started their careers in broader IT or tech roles to familiarize themselves with the computer systems they’re working in and deepen their technical skills.

If you are starting your career in tech, some entry-level positions that you can leverage for your career in cloud computing include:

Learn more about entry-level IT jobs that you can use as a foundation for your future job in cloud computing.

When you’re ready to launch your career in cloud computing, there are several areas you may choose to go into. Often, people who work in cloud computing grow within their desired niche or specialization.

Let’s take a closer look at some common entry-level cloud computing roles and their average entry-level (0-1 years of experience) base pay in the United States as of February 2024.

1. Cloud administrator

Average entry-level salary: $73,022 [1]

Cloud administrators manage and maintain cloud systems. They’re typically the first in line to troubleshoot any day-to-day issues with the network or storage systems and perform routine maintenance tasks, like system upgrades.

2. Cloud developer

Average entry-level salary: $86,904 [2]

Cloud developers build applications that run on cloud platforms. These roles typically require coding and programming experience using various tools and frameworks. It can also help to have a strong understanding of database management systems in these roles, so a background in data science may be helpful.

3. Cloud engineer

Average entry-level salary: $87,957 [3]

Cloud engineers design applications that run on cloud platforms. This role tends to require cross-functional collaboration, as you’ll often be designing applications that technical team members access to fulfill non-technical team members’ needs.

4. Cloud support engineer

Average entry-level salary: $72,505 [4]

Cloud support engineers provide technical support for users who experience issues accessing or using cloud services. In addition to technical knowledge, you’ll need to have strong interpersonal and communication skills to thrive in this role.

Learn more: Cloud Computing Salary Guide

Entry-level cloud computing certifications

In addition to technical IT, networking, and programming skills, many entry-level cloud computing professionals earn certifications to expand their knowledge and demonstrate to potential employers that they have desirable and crucial cloud expertise to do their jobs effectively.

Professionals commonly earn certifications related to specific cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. For example, you can build in-demand cloud security skills and gain hands-on experience with the Google Cloud Platform by earning the Google Cloud Cybersecurity Professional Certificate:

Some entry-level cloud certifications are:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solutions Architect - Associate

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals

  • Google Associate Cloud Engineer

  • IBM Certified Technical Advocate - Cloud v3

  • Cloud Security Alliance: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Learn more: How to Get into Cloud Computing: 7 Steps to Success

Getting started

Start your cloud computing journey with IBM’s Introduction to Cloud Computing. In this beginner-level course, you’ll learn about the various cloud service models, popular platforms, and industry trends. Or, start preparing for an entry-level cloud computing job by enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Support Associate Professional Certificate program. In just two months, you can gain cloud support diagnostic skills and practice using industry-standard tools like Microsoft Azure while earning an employer-recognized certificate from Microsoft.

Article sources


Glassdoor. “How much does a Cloud Administrator make?, https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/us-cloud-administrator-salary-SRCH_IL.0,2_IN1_KO3,22.htm.” Accessed February 22, 2024.

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