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Work From Home Jobs : 7 WFH roles to explore in 2021

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Work From Home Jobs_7 WFH Roles To Explore In 2021

By Athreya Ramadas

With Covid-19 affecting jobs worldwide, the unemployment rate has hit double digits in terms of percentage for the first time in the past decade. But because of the pandemic, working from home or remote working has become increasingly popular.

With more than 60% of the employed workforce transitioning to work from home, more people are looking for jobs that enable them to work remotely. At varying experience levels, remote work options are opening up across industries.

Technology workers especially in the field of cloud services can find a plethora of remote-working or work-from-home opportunities. In addition to full-time roles, many freelance opportunities also have opened up due to pandemic.

7  Best work-from-home jobs for IT Professionals

  1.   Web Developer

  2.   Big Data Analyst

  3.   Cloud Practitioner

  4.   Cloud Architect

  5.   Network Security Engineer

  6.   Cloud Systems Analyst

  7.   Cloud Product Manager

1) Web Developer

It’s mostly easy to build a website if you can take up a few online courses. A web developer is also responsible for the site’s technical aspects such as performance, capacity, speed  and how much traffic can the site handle. You don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in the field. You can show a portfolio of successful sites you have built and managed if you have worked previously. You can also pursue coding boot camps which will teach programming skills in a short span that will help you be proficient as a web developer.

2) Big Data Analyst

Big Data Analysts wear multiple hats. They conduct research to gather data and they also do data mining which allows them to gather information to present their findings. They study the market identify, collect, analyse, visualize and communicate about the data gathered which will help enterprises to make informed decisions. A Big data analyst must have a high mathematical ability, and know programming languages like SQL, Oracle, Python which will enable to analyse, model and interpret data. If you have an accuracy & attention to detail and are able to follow a methodical, logical approach then you can explore this option.

3) Cloud Practitioner

You can become a Cloud Practitioner by taking certifications from AWS. The AWS certified cloud practitioner is intended for individuals for individuals who have the skills to effectively demonstrate a clear understanding of AWS roles. A Cloud practitioner’s role is independent of technical roles addressed by other AWS certifications. A Cloud practitioner should be able to supervise, architect & deploy applications within AWS platforms. He or She must be able to develop plans for adoption of cloud solutions, manage, monitor cloud platforms used by the organisation.

4) Cloud Architect

A Cloud architect assesses an organization’s needs and drafts a plan that explains how cloud technology can be used to achieve the operational goals of that organisation. A Cloud architect needs to possess top-notch planning & leadership skills. Cloud architects design and build cloud environments, manage various aspects of cloud computing and coordinate cloud architect between various companies. You need to have a sound understanding of programming language, telecommunication systems and API management systems. You too can become a cloud architect by getting a degree or technical training/certification and try for on-the-job experience.

5) Network Security Engineer

Network Security Engineer is involved in facilitating, deploying, configuring and administration of many different pieces of network, and security-related hardware and software. These include VPNs, firewalls, switches, routers, and various other network monitoring tools. A network security engineer also develops and supervises data and technology security systems that helps prevent breaches, leaks and taps associated with cybercrime. Other similar roles to this profile are called information systems security engineer, information security engineer, information assurance engineer.

6) Cloud Systems Analyst

A cloud systems analyst is responsible for installing operating system software, patches and upgrades within a cloud environment. He or She usually works with IT leadership to design new cloud infrastructure plans and services. As part of their role, they need to be able to develop, document, validate policies, procedures related to a variety of cloud concepts and standards. Cloud analyst is also called cloud architecture analyst in some organizations.

7) Cloud Product Manager

A person in this role usually should be able to focus on strategy, execution and user understanding. The people in this role usually manage both existing as well as new products, services. They are usually responsible for determining the market viability of a product. It is usually expected that a Cloud product manager must have an advanced understanding of data science, and must be able to communicate complex technical topics clearly to a wide range of audiences. This is one of the most rapidly growing and in-demand positions in the market currently.

While the pandemic is casting a dark shadow, this has opened up more opportunities and created demand for cloud services. According to Forrester research, remote-jobs are expected to grow by 35% more in 2021 as compared to 2020. The innovation in digital technology has moved up exponentially in the past 18 months changing the landscape of remote working. Cloud computing is here to stay and grow rapidly. Companies will seek out more qualified professionals who have AWS skills and other advanced cloud computing skills.


About the Author: 

Athreya Ramadas, Co-Founder & CTO : Athreya has over 9 years’ experience in the field of DevOps, Cloud and automation technologies. He has worked in large enterprises like Nokia, EMC and Misys. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here