How to Become a Cloud Engineer in 2023

Simon Holdorf
2 min readJan 2, 2023


In this post, I will show you the steps I would take to become a Cloud Engineer.
So, If you’re interested in of the most exciting roles in cloud computing, this roadmap is for you!

If also created a video with more details for each step, providing more resources & advice👇

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.

- 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.

More details for each step can be found in the video mentioned above!

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