Amazon Web Services has been the market leader in providing Cloud offerings for almost a decade now. At the moment, there are almost 100 services as part of AWS offering which spans from Storage and Compute services to AI and Machine Learning oriented service. The fast-growing offerings have accelerated the demand for AWS Experts and Engineers in the Job and Cloud market, both in India and across the globe. It is high time we dedicate a few minutes to discuss where an individual stands in terms of their IT career and what one should look at to pursue a successful career working with AWS technology.
We at CloudThat have regularly conducted seminars and webinars on ‘Plan your AWS Career’ and usually receive a good response. Today, I am going to talk about important aspects of this topic from our past webinars.
Over time, I have received multiple queries and concerns, which I am bringing forward through this blog along with a short brief of our ‘Plan your AWS Career’ webinar.
As part of the seminar, I discuss the need due to which Cloud has emerged and how Cloud is the way forward for IT. I also share the Cloud Market Trends and Job Market Trends around Cloud. I then move on to discuss major providers and flew over a few of the widely used AWS services followed by the skills needed to be an Architect, Developer, System Administrator, and DevOps Engineer on AWS. Finally, I give inputs on the certification tracks that AWS offers and open the floor for questions.
As part of my Training Career, over the years many have asked questions along similar lines, and with these seminars, I realized that there are many seasoned IT professionals who still have questions unanswered. Today, I will answer them for you –
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1. Q1. I am a .NET Developer with around 8 years of experience. What do I need to learn to be an AWS Developer?
ANS: – A1. The answer would be the corresponding AWS SDK. AWS has support for almost all high-level programming and scripting languages. Any developer who is looking to develop applications using AWS services needs to master the corresponding SDK. Along with the SDK knowledge, one also needs to have a detailed understanding of the services intended to use and corresponding best practices.
2. Q2. I am a storage admin with more than 10 years of experience and right now my organization is looking to move to Cloud. What would be my role in the new technology scenario?
ANS: – A2. At the moment, many IT organizations are going through Digitization and Cloud Transformation. As Cloud is just redefining the business model, the role in the organization would be similar, but with AWS Services. A Storage Admin would still be a Storage Admin on AWS working with EBS, EFS, and dealing with disk throughout. Most of the tools used prior to moving to AWS would still be valid. But, one needs to get a capability matrix understanding of AWS.
3. Q3. What certifications does AWS provide and how will it be useful for a Windows Administrator?
ANS: – A3. Getting certified on AWS is a mandatory credential that companies look at. It depicts one’s capability in working with AWS services. AWS certificates cover a wide range of jobs by dividing them into Architect, SysOps, and Developer categories. As a Windows Administrator, one might be looking at managing Windows infrastructure on AWS and automating the same. The SysOps Associate Certification followed by DevOps Professional Certification would be ideal for an experienced System Administrator.
4. Q4. What are specialization certifications and what is the eligibility to take up these certifications?
ANS: – A4. AWS currently offers two specialization certifications viz. AWS Certified Big Data – Speciality and AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Speciality. These are professional-level certifications, so one needs to be associate-level certified in any of the available tracks.
5. Q5. After clearing the certification, will I get a good pay hike internally or when I move to a different organization?
ANS: – A5. With the growing need for Cloud Experts, having a certificate would be an added advantage to stand out of the crowd within the organization, as well as in the Job market. With many skills going obsolete, the industry-standard hike while moving companies is on the decline. But, the decline would not affect a professional with proven skills and appropriate certifications
I hope that this blog helps answer some of your questions. If you have more questions then you can ask them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them!
You can watch our previous ‘Plan Your AWS Career’ webinar here – Webinar on Plan Your AWS Career – YouTube
Additionally, you can try out the AWS Skills Builder, AWS Academy, AWS re/Start and AWS Educate to get help build your cloud career and get access to courses, learning plans, practice questions and more –
Best of luck on your journey!
WRITTEN BY Bhavesh Goswami
Bhavesh Goswami is the Founder & CEO of CloudThat Technologies. He is a leading expert in the Cloud Computing space with over a decade of experience. He was in the initial development team of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Seattle. and has been working in the Cloud Computing and Big Data fields for over 12 years now. He is a public speaker and has been the Keynote Speaker at the ‘International Conference on Computer Communication and Informatics’. He also has authored numerous research papers and patents in various fields.