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Emerging Occupations

Cloud Architect

A cloud architect is an information technology (IT) professional who develops or manages an organization’s cloud computing network and strategy.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 1,500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Cloud Infrastructure Architect, IT Architect

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Network System and Data Communication Engineers (2147.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers) (C047) 
  • 2011 NOC: Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (2147) 
  • 2016 NOC: Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (2147) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Cloud Architect occupation
Average Wage*
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Cloud Architect occupation
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Cloud Architect is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

*The Cloud Architect is similar to this NOC group
Network System and Data Communication Engineers

Interest in synthesizing information to research, design and develop information and communication system network architecture and to optimize the performance of information and communication system networks


Interest in precision working to evaluate and integrate network system and data communication hardware and software and to assess network capacity


Interest in supervising to lead and co-ordinate teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 15, 2018

Cloud computing is a network-based computing model. It provides on-demand access to shared resources and data, usually over the internet. Cloud architects oversee the structure of cloud computer programs, and how they are used.

In general, cloud architects:

  • consult with business managers to make sure cloud designs meet business needs
  • create, manage and maintain the cloud
  • migrate systems to the cloud
  • design virtual infrastructure and suggest technology choices that meet the company’s needs
  • oversee the way business solutions are deployed in the cloud environment
  • develop and review best practices for cloud security to keep data and network resources safe
  • may support a DevOps environment
  • may develop data analytic solutions to process real time or “data lake” big data
  • maintain, troubleshoot and administer computer networks
  • write technical documents
  • report on the health and availability of cloud systems
  • troubleshoot issues related to the cloud
  • provide support to end users.

Cloud architects act as consultants to their organization. They must stay up to date on the latest trends and issues.

Some cloud architects design an organization’s private cloud environment. They need to be familiar with open source cloud software. They may also need to help in designing the supporting physical architecture.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Cloud architects can work in an office setting or from remote locations. They may work as a private consultant, in shifts, or from home. Overtime and on-call work is often required to meet deadlines or to solve issues as they come up. Cloud architects may have to sit for long periods while using a computer.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Cloud architects need:

  • the ability to think logically and study complex problems
  • the ability to focus for long periods of time
  • a view of both the big picture and the small details
  • strong attention to detail
  • the ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks
  • the ability to express ideas clearly
  • an interest in ongoing learning
  • strong people skills.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation. People working in this occupation may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

The minimum education requirement for employment as a cloud architect is a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline. Some employers also prefer IT professionals with at least 5 to 10 years on the job.

Cloud architects should have a broad knowledge of network design principles, virtualization technologies, server operation systems and network security concepts.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Academy of Learning - Calgary Central

Academy of Learning - Calgary NE

Academy of Learning - Edmonton Downtown

Academy of Learning - Edmonton South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton West

Academy of Learning - Medicine Hat

Academy of Learning - Red Deer

Academy of Learning Airdrie

Bow Valley College

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton West

Grant MacEwan University

Sundance College - Edmonton

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies through the objective application of specialized knowledge and professional judgement.


Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

What You Need

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification and recognizes the many different ways this standard may be achieved. Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following I.S.P. designation criteria routes: (1) Established Academic, (2) IT Industry Leader, (3) Established IT Professional, (4) Education Plus Experience, (5) Exam, (6) Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976), or (7) Upgrade from Candidate Status. For official, detailed information, visit the CIPS website, CIPS Alberta website or contact CIPS Alberta.

Working in Alberta

Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered professionals in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 21085
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6R 2V4
Phone Number: 780-431-9311
Toll-free phone number: 1-844-431-9311
Fax number: 780-413-0076

Additional Information

For information on certification in IT Architecture, see The Open Group website. This certification is voluntary, but is considered highly valuable.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • An increased human need
  • 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 already are working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for it 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.

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment

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.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 39 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 15, 2018

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current provincial salary data is available for this occupation.

*The cloud architect is similar to this NOC group
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $56.51 $37.49 $37.14
Overall $27.00 $62.61 $43.29 $41.35
Top $33.00 $66.37 $50.06 $50.40

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Technology
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