As cloud computing continues to grow, Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the market leader.
Table of Contents
- Why Choose AWS?
- How To Learn AWS?
- AWS Certifications
- AWS Jobs You Can Get
- Take the First Step Towards a Career in AWS
Spending on cloud services is projected to grow to 500 billion by 2023, according to a report by IDC. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 22 percent.
AWS has retained a leader in cloud computing from it’s inception to the present day, with more market share than the #2 an #3 cloud providers combined (Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud).
If you are thinking about a career working with AWS, there are many career paths you can take.
Why Choose AWS?
AWS is the leading cloud computing platform, with 33% of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market. If you work in cloud computing in any capacity, you will undoubtedly work with AWS.
The cloud services market shows no signs of slowing down, and organizations of all sizes need talented workers who are adept at designing, building, securing, and maintaining AWS applications and networks.
Also, AWS is the choice for many Fortune 500 companies. Developing AWS expertise can help you earn a position in information technology with employers.
How to Learn AWS?
Since AWS certifications were first introduced in 2013, many different types of learning materials have been introduced. It is possible to learn some basic foundational skills from online video courses, practice exams, or reading materials. But, the most surefire way to learn and retain AWS skills is to get hands on training in an immersive program over a longer period of time. There are many things to learn with cloud computing and AWS, and perhaps the best way to learn is though an Amazon approved program from a reputable, trustworthy institution.
Note: Campus, formerly known as MTI College, is one of only a handful of junior colleges in the US that has curriculum that is AWS Academy approved. This means the Campus AWS curriculum is developed and maintained by AWS subject matter experts, ensuring it is up to date and reflects current services and best practices.
Learning AWS in a program taught by highly-experienced instructors allows students to ask questions, get hands-on training, receive personal help, and deeply learn the information being taught in the curriculum.
Currently, AWS offers these certifications:
- AWS Cloud Practitioner
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
- AWS Certified Developer – Associate
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
- AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty
- AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
- AWS Certified Security – Specialty
- AWS Certified Database – Specialty
- AWS Certified SAP on AWS (formerly Alexa Skill Builder) – Specialty
- AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty
Depending on what career path you want to pursue in cloud computing, you may choose different certifications to earn.
You cannot take the Professional exams without earning the corresponding Associate level certifications first. Specialty certifications are for those who have completed Professional certifications.
AWS Jobs You Can Get
Here are a few of the jobs you will be qualified for when you earn the appropriate AWS certifications.
As an AWS Developer, you will be responsible for building and developing applications and software services for the enterprise. To succeed at this position, previous experience and current knowledge of cloud orchestration tools is a must.
AWS Cloud Architect / AWS Solutions Architect
An AWS Cloud Architect designs, architects, builds, and maintains highly available, cost-efficient, and scalable AWS cloud environments. These professionals also keep up with the latest toolsets, and can make recommendations to their organization regarding AWS infrastructure and environments.
AWS Cloud Engineer
The AWS Cloud Engineer contracts and implements the systems designed by the AWS Cloud Architect. Any new structures that must be built, or existing structures that must be migrated are taken care of by the Cloud Engineer. They engineer and monitor processes across servers, applications, and databases, ensuring they work correctly. The Cloud Engineer also proactively builds in systems to deal with traffic spikes, auto-scaling, and heavy usage.
AWS Cloud Engineers may also go on to specialize in a particular discipline within AWS, such as cybersecurity, network administration, or DevOps.
AWS DevOps Engineer
DevOps Engineers are experts at designing AWS cloud solutions that solve business problems, server implementation and ongoing maintenance, patching, and debugging. The AWS DevOps helps ensure everything is running smoothly.
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator / Cloud Systems Administrator
These AWS specialists are experts at provisioning, installing, configuring, operating, and maintaining systems (virtual and non-virtual), software, and other related infrastructure. They may also build reporting dashboards or maintain analytics software critical to data analytics.
AWS Data Specialist
Data analytics and Big Data is information that every large organization needs to succeed, and AWS Data Specialists help manage and make sense of that data.
An AWS Data Solutions Architect will collect application requirements, assess the usage and infrastructure of the organization, and design solutions that solve business objectives.
If you are an AWS Data Engineer, your job is to develop, build, test, and maintain the databases and large-scale processing systems that collect and process Big Data for the organization.
Now if your aptitude is for working directly with data, you may choose to become an AWS Data Scientist. These data specialists clean, organize, analyze, and present data stored on an organization’s AWS storage platform. The Data Scientist looks for insights revealed in the data, so the company can work more efficiently and make informed business decisions.
Take the First Step Towards a Career in AWS
Campus is here to help prepare you for a rewarding career in information technology. We have online programs for our students, including the AWS Cloud Administration program, and the fully online AWS Cloud Solutions Architect program.
The AWS Cloud Administration program and AWS Cloud Solutions Architect programs are 100% online, currently open to eligible students.
You can also complete the online application and an admissions advisor will walk you through the application process.