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Ileriayo Adebiyi
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Becoming a Cloud Engineer in 2023 (A Roadmap)

Here is Simon Holdorf’s recommendation for becoming a Cloud Engineer in 2023.

Step 1: The Role

On a high level, a cloud engineer is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining an organization's cloud computing infrastructure and systems.

Step 2: The Fundamentals

Don't skip the Fundamentals!


  • General Cloud Computing
  • Networking
  • Operating systems
  • Virtualization
  • Security

Step 3: Selecting a Cloud Provider

It is beneficial to have experience with multiple cloud providers as a cloud engineer.

If you are starting, I would highly recommend concentrating on one cloud provider first: AWS, Azure, or GCP.

Step 4: Acquiring programming knowledge

As a cloud engineer, it is important to understand at least one programming or scripting language, especially for automating tasks and provision resources in the cloud.

Know your way around Git and a product like GitHub or Gitlab.

Step 5: Learning DevOps principles & tools

DevOps is a set of practices that aims to improve collaboration between development and operations teams and increase software delivery speed and reliability.


  • CI/CD
  • IaC
  • Monitoring & Logging
  • Collaboration & Communication

Step 6: Gaining Hands-On experience

Seeking opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience with cloud technologies is essential to becoming a successful cloud engineer.

The first step is to create an account with one of the big cloud providers, AWS, Azure, or GCP.

Step: 7 Earning Certifications

Obtaining a certification can be beneficial for several reasons:

  • Validation of skills
  • Improved job prospects
  • Professional development
  • Increased earning potential
  • Fun challenge

To become a successful Cloud Engineer, you need to have a mindset focused on delivering scalable, reliable, and secure solutions.

Check out Simon's video

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Top comments (2)

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Darren Horwitz

I would also add that one should learn some basic networking as that go an extremely long way on itself as well as understanding the identity and access management of the cloud provider

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thank you for those powerful step about how to become a cloud engineer, it really helped to have an overview on the topic.... Thanks for the links and resources as well.


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