(The Hosting News) – The cloud market has plenty of open job opportunities. Just one problem: Many lack the required training. According to the International Data Corporation, 28% of unfilled IT spots are related to cloud, accounting for a total of 1.7 million open spots worldwide.
While the statistic may sound particularly staggering, the cloud industry has especially grown during the past year with more companies announcing new cloud solutions.
The study was commissioned on behalf of Windows-maker Microsoft.
“There are a lot of positions available, up to 1.7 million jobs worldwide, and there are far fewer than 1.7 million people who are currently skilled to take these positions,” remarked IDC VP Cushing Anderson in a Microsoft news report.
Anderson also referred to the skills gap as “extremely challenging,” emphasizing the need for more training and certification.
Perhaps what’s even more interesting is the expected growth of cloud opportunities which IDC anticipates will grow to 7 million spots within the next couple years.
One primary resource that could help solve the cloud dilemma? Schools. “At this point, universities have to produce people who understand the cloud,” commented Adina Mangubat, Spiral Genetics CEO, in Microsoft’s report. “I think we’re seeing a shift for almost everybody. No matter what field you’re in, biology or art history, you’re going to have to understand how cloud computing works. I think we’re going to see every industry dealing with data,” continued Mangubat.
Other results of the study also showed that 2/3rds of companies were already using or planning to rely on cloud solutions.