Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- an increased human need (for example, access to shared data)
- technological advances
- greater specialization within an occupation.
Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for cloud architects is unknown.
Cloud architects work for:
- software companies
- consulting firms
- government departments
- online retailers
- educational and financial institutions.
Most work in the IT department of large private or public sector organizations, or are self-employed. Job openings are usually in major urban areas, where employers are often located. Outstanding individuals who have graduate degrees and many years of experience may move into management positions or become private consultants.
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events that affect overall employment
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
- occupational growth (when new positions are created)
- the size of the occupation.
In Alberta, the 2147: Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.