What are the benefits of becoming a cloud architect?
The cloud is growing, and salaries for cloud specialists are growing right along with it, on a trajectory that can fairly be called “stratospheric.” Glassdoor puts cloud architect salaries at an average of $107,000 per year, with a low end of $79,000 and a maximum of $142,000. Further, it’s a specialization likely to remain in high demand for the foreseeable future. As cloud technology improves and more and more businesses realize they need someone to help them make the most of this new technology.

It’s also worth noting that there’s a high degree of overlap in the requirements for many high-demand tech jobs. So aiming for a cloud architect job will naturally open many opportunities along the way (more on this in the next section).

What are the disadvantages of working as a cloud architect?
The “disadvantages” of a cloud architecture career are largely subjective. As a senior position that answers directly to upper management and is tasked with making significant decisions about a company’s future. There is a lot of responsibility associated with being a cloud architect.

On a related note, cloud architects are not purely technical professionals—they’re just as many managers, leaders, and planners as they are programmers, troubleshooters, and engineers. If you’re someone who prefers to work on a project in isolation and submit it when it’s done, you might chafe at the demands of a cloud architect job.