Cloud and distributed computing is the most sought after skill for employers in 2018 according to LinkedIn. Many online course providers are recognizing the need for cloud education and offering intro courses on cloud fundamentals. These courses are a great place to start, but your cloud education shouldn’t end there if you want to put it to use.
To operate in the cloud with ease and confidence and to take advantage of the benefits the cloud provides, you need to go beyond the fundamentals and get certified.
Not only will you be able to do more in the cloud, you’ll be more marketable. The most valuable cloud computing certification today is AWS Solutions Architect according to CIO. AWS is currently the gold standard of CSPs as they are leading the pack in almost every aspect of cloud, and its cloud is ten times bigger than its next 14 competitors combined. To get your AWS Solutions Architect certificate, you’ll need to learn more than just the basics of AWS.
As you pursue AWS certifications, it is essential to apply your new cloud skills and expertise along the way, getting hands-on experience in labs and simulations, as well as take timed practice exams with real exam questions. Courses simply designed to help you regurgitate information won’t be enough when it comes time to sit for the exam and to apply your newly obtained knowledge.
As DevOps Engineer and ACG member Moneer Rifai wrote in his blog post on HackerNoon:
“As far as training, the best resource by far is A Cloud Guru. I passed all three associate certificates by relying mainly on their excellent courses. Ryan Kroonenburg and the rest of the A Cloud Guru team provide excellent training for AWS, Docker, and other cloud technologies and their courses are very affordable and unmatched in quality and content.”
Investing in the training needed to get AWS certified does pay off. Based on a Global Knowledge 2018 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average salary for those holding AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level in the United States and Canada is $117,773. According to the survey, that’s 30% higher than the average certified pro. The same survey revealed that IT specialists with an Associate certificate, who went on to earn more advanced AWS certifications, brought in an average salary of $136,259.
Once you’ve earned your desired certifications, you have the opportunity to level up your skills and maintain an edge over your competition with continued learning in new frontiers. For example, serverless computing or Functions as a Service (FaaS) is gaining momentum. Understanding serverless and learning how to develop serverless architectures could be a smart next step and a good investment into your career. ACG is leading the charge in educating engineers in serverless. As a partner that helps our members stay on the forefront of new technology, ACG offers weekly episodes of members-only series, like our ACG Projects and the AWS Release Review, which provide constant updates with digestible information that will keep you ahead of the curve.
Keeping up-to-date with the latest news and trends is essential. ACG is the right partner to support and guide you through your cloud career. Proactive cloud learning will catapult you up the IT ladder quickly as organizations try to staff up to meet cloud project demand -- a tough feat at present and one that is not expected to ease up in the near future.