Like most in this business, I have an advanced degree. I even taught computer science at the college level part-time for eight years before life got too busy.

That said, you don’t need a college degree to be successful in cloud computing. In fact, over the last few years, I’ve seen a clear trend toward accepting those without degrees not only in cloud computing specifically but in tech in general.

Although many tech companies and enterprises state they want candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, I find that most don’t actually care these days. They see 20 cloud computing jobs chasing one candidate, so it’s a seller’s market.

Employers are looking for people with certifications—for example, with AWS. After that, they seek people with initiative and demonstrated ability. Having a college degree is further down the list.