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Emerging Occupations

Cloud Architect

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

A cloud architect is an information technology (IT) professional who is responsible for developing or overseeing an organization's cloud computing network and strategy.

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  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 1,900
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Cloud Infrastructure Architect, IT Architect

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Cloud Architect is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Network System and Data Communication Engineers
NOC code: 2147.2

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 Apr 06, 2016

Cloud computing is a network-based computing model that provides on-demand access to shared processing resources and data over the Internet. Cloud architects oversee the architecture of cloud computer applications and the deployment of these applications within an existing cloud environment.

In general, cloud architects:

  • work with business managers to ensure that cloud designs meet business requirements
  • assess and evaluate business requirements so they can design virtual infrastructure solutions and propose appropriate technology choices (for example, hardware and software components)
  • oversee migration of business practices to the new cloud environment
  • install computer hardware, networking software and operating system software
  • maintain, troubleshoot and administer computer networks
  • maintain the security of the data and network resources
  • write technical documents.

As well, cloud architects act as consultants to their organization and need to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and issues.

Cloud architects who are responsible for designing the components of a private cloud environment within their organization may need to be familiar with open source cloud software and be able to assist in the design of underlying physical architecture.

Working Conditions
Updated Apr 06, 2016

Cloud architects can work in an office environment 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 emerge. Cloud architects may be required to sit for extended periods while using a computer.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Apr 06, 2016

Cloud architects need the following characteristics:

  • ability to think logically and analyze complex problems
  • ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • ability to see both the big picture and the details
  • strong attention to detail
  • ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks
  • ability to clearly communicate ideas
  • strong interpersonal skills.
Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 06, 2016

The minimum education requirements 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 of experience.

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 NE

Academy of Learning - Calgary South

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

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

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

Evergreen College - Calgary

Grant MacEwan University

Robertson College - Calgary NW

Robertson College - Edmonton

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 06, 2016

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

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 06, 2016

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, alternate sources of energy)
  • 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 are employed by:

  • 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 opportunities 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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 06, 2016

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

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2147: Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
NOC code: 2147

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Starting $25.83 $53.23 $35.00 $28.85
Overall $32.29 $63.73 $43.72 $41.39
Top $38.46 $89.83 $52.44 $46.50

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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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Updated Apr 06, 2016

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Updated Mar 11, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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