The cloud is really killing information technology jobs and consolidating the more lucrative ones in the hands of a few large data centers. The cloud has made a lot of System Administrator and Engineer job go by the wayside. What used to be very technically complex has been reduced to simplicity by large cloud providers like Amazon and Azure. What used to take real skill is now simply so simple, a monkey can do it.
I remember when there were Active Directory Engineering jobs, and thanks to directories as a service, it no longer takes understanding of a complex system. Active Directory customizations are as simple as a point and click interface. Even Microsoft Exchange has been reduced to nothing due to Office 365. Office 365 basically obsoleted a large number of Mail Server Engineers. A friend of mine that was an Exchange Server Engineer was laid off after his company went to Office 365.
Now my friend is relegated to a desktop support role which he loathes. Desktop Support is where IT careers used to begin; they were the launch point for more exciting, interesting, rewarding, and challenging roles. Now they’re where IT careers go to die, earning them the name Deathtop Support. I remember when IT training and an IT career was a sure way to a decent middle class life. IT was what the blue collar union jobs used to be. Now, IT is a race to the bottom.
Another friend of mine that is a CCIE or Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, is now doing desktop support because of the cloud. The cloud killed his career and nobody wants to pay him what he’s truly worth. He hasn’t even been able to get hired at an Internet Service Provider which he’s well qualified for. I do not understand why everyone is promoting Information Technology. I am really sorry that I am trying to get back into it but I need a wage a lot more than minimum to afford the healthcare that I need.
My CCNA teacher talks about how networking engineers are in demand but I just don’t see it. If there is any role in demand, it’s for the skull duggery that desktop support is. They probably have trouble keeping people in the role because it is essentially customer service. After a while, customer service is nauseating. It’s hand holding for a bunch of rich, white, over-privileged assholes. That’s my take.