As of 2013, experts estimate that tech employers are struggling to staff as many as 1.7 million open positions related to the growing cloud computing industry. And the number of workers needed for these positions will probably grow by about 26 percent each year between now and 2015. Why are so many cloud jobs going unstaffed? And why is this gap holding steady even in the face of high unemployment numbers? The answer appears to lie in one word: training. Tech professionals are lining up for work in every region of the country, but too many of them don’t possess the training and certifications they need to take on cloud-related jobs. So what does this mean for both hiring managers and job seekers? Open Positions in the Cloud: Job Seeker Considerations Companies are now in desperate need of employees who can create new software for the cloud and develop applications from the ground up. They also need infrastructure experts who can help employers make decisions about vendor contracts, oversee the fulfillment of these contracts, and handle data migration from old systems to new ones. Talented enterprise architects can also help employers manage their growing need for computing capacity and help employers understand how newer cloud based technologies can fit into their existing structures. Cloud based risk-management and trouble-shooting experts will also be in high demand during the next several years. Staffing Cloud-Based Positions: Employers Employers with a strong need for cloud skills and data architects will face a growing tide of staffing challenges in the years to come, but solutions are available for every one of these challenges. And some of these solutions are already on the team and are simply awaiting the opportunity to step into much needed and currently vacant roles. Instead of conducting long, expensive and fruitless global searches for outside sources of talent, managers might be wise to start at home and sponsor training and development programs for existing employees. Then reach out to a staffing firm who has the resources and network to help you land qualified candidates. Industry and university systems are in the process of teaming up to share the cost and benefits of training programs for cloud skills, and in the meantime, employers are recognizing the benefits of tuition reimbursement programs and onsite courses taught by outside teachers and training experts. For more information on how to sponsor these courses and create continuing education programs from the ground up, reach out to the Seattle IT staffing experts at Pace.