The Trend: As everything makes its way the cloud, the virtualization space has been heating up. VMware, which Billiar calls "the 800-pound gorilla," may be leading the way, but Billiar said he's seeing an uptick in Microsoft technologies, such as Hyper-V. Likewise, a number of virtualization startups have been crowding the market, providing the linchpin technology for cloud services. As such, the need for virtualization architects/engineers is on the rise.
The Advice: In addition to having an active online profile on LinkedIn or other job posting websites, having virtualization certification can go a long way, Billiar said. "VCP certification, they definitely like to see that. Certifications are golden."