What does a cloud infrastructure engineer do?

Cloud infrastructure engineers are committed to maintaining a cloud environment so the infrastructure is always available to its users when they need it. Individuals can hold more specific roles under the umbrella of cloud engineering, such as designing cloud solutions for companies as a cloud architect, coding for the cloud during development, or working with cloud networks as an administrator.

A cloud engineer’s responsibilities will vary based on the company they work for and the system they use. Typical tasks for a cloud engineer include assisting companies migrate their computer systems to the cloud, configuring cloud infrastructure components like security services and networking, building applications and databases for the cloud, and monitoring data storage services and cloud management.

Cloud engineers identify and implement cloud-based solutions for an organization and fix any bugs inhibiting seamless use. In some cases, a business’s cloud engineer serves as a trusted source for guidance and mentorship during infrastructure adoption.

Required skills are usually:

  • Proficient knowledge in at least one cloud platform (AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, etc.)
  • Proficiency in programming languages (Go, Python, Java, Ruby, etc.)
  • Expertise in operating systems
  • Experience with DevOps tooling
  • Coding and scripting skills for automation
  • Understanding of configuration management tools
  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipelines

While having a related degree may help fast-track applicants to cloud engineering positions, IT professionals can work their way up to cloud engineering positions. Aspiring cloud infrastructure engineers can help their resumes stand out by earning foundational and technical certifications for the cloud. 

Average salary ($, US-based): 136,500