Amazon Web Services is a cloud platform which is easily the most talked about cloud platform. Amazon Web Services or AWS as we know it, also offers plenty of career opportunities. To make career opportunities easy in the domain, AWS offers many certifications. If you too have questions about what AWS certification means, this article will come very close to answering those questions. Following pointers will be covered in this AWS Certification article:
- What is Amazon Web Services?
- AWS Careers
- Types of AWS Certifications
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
- AWS Specialty Certifications
So lets us get started.
What is Amazon Web Services?
As mentioned in the introduction, Amazon Web Services is a leading cloud service provider in public cloud domain. To define it in simple words, it is an Amazon Cloud Service provider which provides on-demand Cloud Computing Services like:
- Compute Services
- Storage Services
- Database Services
- Network Services
- Security Services
- Analytics Services
- Monitoring Services
- Messaging Services
These services can be accessed using the internet from anywhere across the globe. AWS manages these services and resources that are configured so that consumers are saved from the headache of managing these resources.
It offers pay-as-you-go model or metered usage when it comes to pricing. That means you pay only for the resources consumed and only for the time duration we consume these for. Similar to how we consume electricity. We use appliances that consume electricity. At the end of the month we pay for the units of electricity we consumed. We do not maintain or monitor supply of electricity to our homes, the electricity board does it for us.
AWS is analogous to this electricity board. Here we consume on demand computing and other resources and pay Amazon Web Services for the resources we have consumed.
AWS services global in 245+ locations and offer 250 plus services. It is a feature packed service provider with features like,
- Disaster Recovery
- Elasticity, etc
So this was about AWS, let us now go ahead and understand Amazon Web Services from a career perspective and see what are the features that make it stand out.
Amazon Web Services Careers
When it comes to careers Amazon Web Services is easily one of the highest in demand skills and its future paints a very bright picture too. Let us try and support this claim with some numbers. Here are some numbers about cloud computing first.
We all know LinkedIn as a very popular professional community website where people interact for professional reasons. LinkedIn also does a survey every year which helps study and understand current job trends and skill demands.
LinkedIn’s recent statistic stated that Cloud Computing is the second most sort after hard skills in the world job market.
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The point to note here is it comes to second only to Block chain and is considered more in demand compared to Analytical Reasoning, AI etc. When you talk of in demand market skills AWS and Azure make it to the top 10 most sort after skills that the employees are looking for in the employees. A survey also stated that there are more job postings for AWS cross the globe then the number of people applying for these jobs.
I hope this has spiked your interest in the thinking about a career or certification in AWS. If not, let us have a look at some numbers concerning Cloud Salaries.
ZipRecruiter states that an Average Cloud professional makes 110-120K US dollars a year. The salary can go as high as 250K dollars depending on the skills an individual has.
In India people can start with salaries that range around 6-7 lakhs Rupees per annum and can go way higher with experience and relevant skills. So I believe these numbers are enough for us to get started with the certification part.
Amazon Web Services Certification
Now with AWS offering 250 plus services means there are lot of things one can do on cloud and that in turn creates confusion for people making them unsure if they should opt for a career on cloud. Also not knowing what path to follow. On Cloud you may have opportunities as
- Software Architect
- Software Administrator
- Software Developer
- DevOps Engineer
- Machine Learning Professional
- Network Engineer
- Big Data Engineer
- Application Developer
And a lot more. To simplify your conundrum. AWS classifies its certifications into role based certifications making it easy for you to choose, following are the role based certifications introduced by Amazon Web Services.
So these certifications are classified as the role based one and specialty certifications. We will first the role based ones. Following are the role based certifications AWS offers,
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect
- AWS Certified Developer
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
Let us understand these one by one.
AWS Certified Solutions Architect
These are the people who are responsible for designing cloud applications. Just like an architect designs buildings, a cloud or AWS Certified Architect creates application blue prints.
These people are responsible for doing the following and also should have some of the skills mentioned below.
- Have detailed understanding of platform (AWS) services
- Ability to plan development and migration of applications
- Ability to apply cost optimization of the project
- Ability to convey all the details to the stakeholders and developers
- Ability architect, understand deployment of scalable, fault tolerant applications
To get certified as AWS Solutions Architect. It is advised you clear AWS Cloud Practitioner exam first where you will be tested on AWS and Cloud fundamentals. The next step is to apply for AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam if you clear that you can work as a Cloud or AWS Architect. If you wish to specialize then you may opt for AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional Exam, for higher level roles.
Let us now go ahead and understand AWS Certified Developer role.
AWS Certified Developer
Once the application is designed, it needs to be developed, AWS Developers are responsible for building these applications. As a Cloud Developer you will be responsible for the following:
- Understand Software Development Lifecycle
- Good Knowledge of Programming
- Knowledge of AWS Cloud Developer tools
- Understand of DevOps
- Knowledge of Cloud Deployment
- Ability in developing highly fault tolerant and available applications
To get certified you have to follow similar path here too. First you have to get certified as a cloud practitioner which common for role based certified. Then you can apply for AWS Developer Certification Associate. Once you clear it, you can start working as a Cloud developer in AWS domain. To get a professional certificate you to opt for AWS Certified DevOps engineer professional certification.
Let us now go ahead and see the next role based certification on our plate.
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
As a SysOps Administrator you are responsible for maintaining the applications that have been built on AWS cloud or migrated to AWS Cloud. Following skills are expected out of AWS Certified SysOps Administrator:
- Experience as system or Software administrator
- Deep Knowledge of Networking fundamentals
- Understanding few DevOps practices
- Knowledge of Application Migration
- Knowledge of AWS Monitoring Services, etc
The certification progression is for AWS Certified SysOps administrator is similar to the above two roles. First, you will have to clear AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam and then apply for SysOps Associate role. Then you can go ahead and specialize as an AWS Certified DevOps Professional role.
This was about AWS roles based certifications, let us now go ahead and understand some speciality certifications that AWS has to offer to us.
AWS offers the following speciality certifications:
- AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty
- AWS Certified Big Data Specialty
- AWS Certified Security Specialty
- AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty
- AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Specialty
These certifications are intended or meant for people looking to specialize in certain skills. As discussed Amazon Web Services offers different service domains. Now as an individual you may want to specialize in one of those skills. To meet these requirements AWS has come up with the above-mentioned speciality certifications.
For example, if you are interested in Machine learning skills, you may want to opt for AWS Certified Machine learning Specialty certification. Here you will be expected to have detailed knowledge about Machine Learning and how Amazon Web Services Machine Learning services work.
Similarly, for other speciality certifications you will be expected to have knowledge about those specific domains and knowledge of Amazon Web Services core domain knowledge to apply for these exams and clear them.
Please note all AWS certifications normally range from 120-180 Minutes and are MCQ based in nature and can be taken in languages like English, Chinese, Japanese.
This pretty much sums up the certifications offered by Amazon Web Series. We hope you liked this article on AWS Certifications. If you have any questions related to AWS Certifications or AWS and Cloud Computing in general, then feel free to put those in the comment section below and our team you revert to you at the earliest. Also, check out our free AWS course for Beginners. Happy Learning!0