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As more companies embrace shared services, staffers with cloud computing chops are watching their fortunes rise.

Joe Roberts has had his pick of jobs. And with his experience in cloud computing, he still does.

Roberts had several job offers when he moved in November from his former position as a senior IT lead/systems engineer working on a SaaS product to his current job as a senior DevOps engineer at Bit9 in Waltham, Mass.

And Roberts, who has seven years of cloud experience on his resume, is still in demand: He says he averages about 20 inquiries from recruiters each week.

"I'm constantly getting calls from people looking for someone who not only understands IT, but engineering practices, agile methodology, who can work with operating systems, security, networks, and can automate all of those things," he says, noting that colleagues with similar cloud experience report the same high interest from employers.

Such scenarios aren't surprising, given the growing use of cloud computing at organizations of all kinds -- and the corresponding need for workers who are well versed in cloud technology.

But companies aren't looking for any single skill when hiring people to work on cloud projects. Rather, they're seeking technologists who are familiar with a variety of programming languages and various platforms, often preferring those with experience in multiple areas over people with a laser-focus in just one discipline.

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