During a period of major growth in enterprise data, companies are recruiting and hiring personnel who can manage data storage systems through critical hardware and software expertise.
Storage management encompasses a range of data storage technologies — including cloud storage, software-defined storage (SDS), and storage area networks (SANs). Familiarity with storage software is particularly important for engineers, administrators, and technicians in storage management.
See below to learn all about jobs in the storage management market and how to prepare for one:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an 8% growth between 2020 and 2030 in the job market for database administrators and architects, who play a key role managing storage. Its projected median salary is $98,860 per year, as of 2020.
Expert Market Research also predicts a 26% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the global data storage market between 2021 and 2027. Fortune Business Insights predicts the global cloud storage market will grow from $76.43 billion to $390.33 billion between 2021 and 2028.
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Engineers, administrators, and technicians in storage management roles typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or a similar area of study:
A college degree isn’t required for all storage management roles or by all companies, though. Some will accept a storage certification without requiring a bachelor’s degree. Relevant storage certifications include:
While most storage certifications don’t require formal IT education, some are difficult to pass without prior technology experience.
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The following job titles are a snapshot of the current job openings tied to storage management, which are also representative of enterprise needs:
Some of the major employers in the storage management market include top storage companies, such as NetApp, IBM, and Pure Storage.
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These are some examples of the roles related to storage management and their responsibilities:
The following table samples median salaries, estimated by Glassdoor, for positions related to data storage management:
The storage management job market represents the broad needs in the tech industry for qualified professionals to develop and improve data storage systems: There are a wide variety of job types and open positions.
The high growth rate of the global storage market reveals the rapid growth of data, and it also indicates demand for talent, specifically in storage systems and data center infrastructure.
Enterprises are looking for storage management personnel to work with highly scalable storage hardware, storage software, and data security. Years of experience, a relevant degree, or skills with storage technologies pay off in storage management, based on salaries in the field.
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