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Taking up AWS Career? Know the Whys & Hows

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Introduction

Since 2011, which was an era when Cloud had started to sky rocket into the IT market; job postings for engineers and professionals having work experience with Amazon Web Services has increased more than 1500%. Since almost a decade, billions of dollars are being spent on providing and utilizing Cloud resources and services across the globe. Indian IT market has always seen a steady adoption of Cloud and there has always been a dearth of skills sets in the market. Although the market demand has been growing rapidly over the years, the supply of skills has been rising at a very slow pace.  This opens a huge opportunity for professionals who are looking to move up their career and for job seekers to embrace Cloud and nurture these skills.

If you are taking up AWS Career, then below listed Whys and Hows are worth considering.

Why 1 – The Robust Cloud Market

According to the market research studies published by various journals and organizations, the spending on Cloud from both, the service provider’s and customer’s side will continue to increase. Gartner has specifically pointed out that India is one of the countries that is showing very strong growth in the Cloud sector and predicted India to be one of the fastest-growing countries in their Cloud forecast.

Not just Gartner, Zinnov, and the Wall Street Journal have also predicted a Robust Cloud Market over the next few years. India’s public cloud spend is set to reach 7.5 billion this year. The three Cloud Computing Giants viz AWS, Azure, and GCP have spent tens of billions of dollars to increase their Cloud reach globally and the pattern will continue for the next few years. This strong market growth has boosted investors’ confidence to invest in Cloud-based start-ups which has in turn led to a drastic increase in opportunities for people with Cloud skills.

Why 2 – High Demand + Low Supply = Huge Opportunity

With a robust market trends in Cloud Spending, Cloud skills have become more pertinent to the current situation. The International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft have mentioned in their research that there are at least 14 Million Cloud Computing jobs worldwide. Jobs around AWS and Azure have seen a drastic increase over the last few years and Wanted Analytics published that there are around 18.2 Million Cloud Computing related jobs worldwide today.

With over 2 million jobs related to Cloud Computing skills, India is in the third position next to China and USA with 7 Million and 3 Million openings respectively. With innovation in IT growing tremendously, the skills currently present in the market are becoming redundant by the minute. With this general trend, Zinnov has pointed out that, 25% of Global IT Talent becomes redundant in the next 3-5 years. EMC also pointed out that it would be a challenge to close these positions due to a lack of skilled professionals. Significantly, the skills under discussion here were practically non-existent a decade ago

How 1 – Know your Track

Depending on the current role that you are in, the role that you intend to land in, the skills that you possess and the years of IT experience you have, you can perform one of the below roles working with infrastructure on AWS. I have also tried to list down with my experience, the kind of skills that are expected from each of these roles.

AWS Tracks

Professionals in leadership, managerial, pre-sales and sales roles would also need to have a use case understanding. So, getting few skills of an AWS Architect would suffice for them to negotiate deals and proposals with clients.

How 2 – Get the Right Training

India has always been a hub for Cloud training. There are many online, offline, and classroom-based training available. The most secure route to take is with an Authorized Training Partner. This gives you access to certified expert trainers, Official curriculums, and hands-on learning.  CloudThat offers 4 – 5 days of training specially tailored towards AWS certifications. With offerings in the classroom and online-based training, CloudThat has proven to be a leader in Cloud training. You can visit www.cloudthat.com for more details on these training courses.

How 3 – Nurture Skills by Getting Your Hands Dirty

All major Cloud service providers have free offerings where one gets to experience working on their platform and allocate resources without having to pay a huge bill. AWS offers Free Tier for one year where you would be able to use specific resources for free during the first year of your account creation. Leverage the freebies to get your hands dirty by performing proof of concepts or deployment dry runs. Only by having continuous learning with hands-on practice, can you look at moving to the next step.

How 4 – Get the Right Certification

Below are the certifications offered by AWS:

Choose the right certification to go with depending on the current role and your career plans. All certifications have multiple choice questions extensively based on working with AWS. Working experience would be must to be able to clear any of the certification. An Associate Certification is mandatory to take up the corresponding Professional Certification.

Along with the three traditional tracks, AWS also has Speciality Certifications for Big Data and Networking Speciality. Clearing any one of the Associate Certifications would be mandatory to take up the Speciality Certifications.

Please visit https://www.aws.training/certification to register for any of the above certifications.

How 5 – Explore Opportunities Internally and Out in the Market

As mentioned before, many organizations are looking at Digital Transformation as a priority and are looking for professionals who could play a part in the transition. You could be the one driving the transformation or implementing the same for your own organization. In case you are looking for opportunities outside, then with a certification, your chances of landing an interview are far higher.

If you want to explore ways to build your AWS cloud career and get access to some useful resources then visit these links and begin your learning journey!

AWS re/Start | Training and Certification | AWS (amazon.com)

AWS Academy | Training and Certification | AWS (amazon.com)

AWS Educate (amazon.com)

Learn AWS online with AWS Skill Builder | Digital Training | AWS (amazon.com)

So, all the very best.

Please feel free to comment with your insights regarding how to start a Cloud Career or how you have started your Cloud journey, which would help readers to #MoveUp in their career!

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.

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  1. manohar reddy

    Mar 9, 2018

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    Well Written article. Thank you for sharing with us. Please keep Sharing.

  2. Segs

    Mar 3, 2018

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    Great Article Man!!!

  3. Kalibroida Technology Solution

    Feb 9, 2018

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    Hi nice article and also helpful.

  4. amar

    Jan 8, 2018

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    SO aws seems to have good career opportunities and most of the doubts about it are cleared here . Thank you for the same.

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