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Pave a lasting AWS career path

Hone your AWS skills, acquire new certifications and expand your horizons to land that coveted cloud job.


Before you land that dream job, an AWS career path is often beset with twists and turns. Luckily, the right combination of skills, smarts and dedication can guide you where you want to go.

For many AWS jobs in the enterprise, certifications and an expansive skill set are two of the most appealing assets in a candidate. While certifications can prove to employers that you have a standardized level of expertise, hands-on experience is also critical, as it demonstrates you're more than just a strong test-taker.

In addition, it's important to keep up with the latest AWS technologies and trends and know how the vendor compares to other public cloud providers in the market.

Use this comprehensive guide to dig into more details around what employers look for in a cloud job candidate, how to gain the skills you need and ways to ensure your AWS career path is built to last.

1Get certified-

Propel your cloud career with AWS certifications

There's no shortage of ways for an IT professional to prepare for a career in AWS. In addition to hands-on experience -- with both legacy IT systems and especially cloud infrastructure -- AWS certifications are a great way to grow your knowledge and then demonstrate that knowledge to potential employers.

Amazon offers a range of certification exams, from entry-level to expert. They cover a myriad of cloud services, and it takes a dedicated effort to pass one of these tests. There are also vendor-neutral cloud and DevOps certifications that can expand the scope of your knowledge and help your resume stand out.

These certifications are often a steppingstone for individuals that want to begin or advance along an AWS career path. Explore these helpful articles to learn more.


Advice to help you pass an AWS certification test

For many IT professionals, an AWS certification serves as an entry point to a cloud career. Anthony Sequeira of CBT Nuggets chimes in on how to prepare for, and ultimately pass, the test. Continue Reading


Employers emphasize these specific AWS certifications

AWS offers a lengthy menu of certifications, some of which hold more industry influence than others. Make an informed choice to bolster your AWS career path. Continue Reading


Talk the talk with AWS' Certified Cloud Practitioner exam

AWS unveiled a Certified Cloud Practitioner exam targeted toward nontechnical professionals that work within the cloud industry. But is it worth the time and effort? Continue Reading


Step up to the pros with advanced certifications

Learn how one of the professional-level AWS certifications, which focus on more complex cloud technologies and concepts, can open up new job opportunities. Continue Reading


Round out an AWS certification with other skills, exams

Once you've passed an AWS certification test, you've opened up some potential career choices. But you should augment that accreditation with proven cloud expertise -- not only related to AWS. Continue Reading


Take a vendor-neutral approach to cloud training

While extensive AWS experience can go a long way toward landing a job, a number of independent cloud training programs help you steer clear of vendor spin. Continue Reading


DevOps certifications gain popularity

While DevOps is often cited as a culture or methodology, certifications can help prove some base-level skills that IT pros should have, especially as automation tools gain traction. Continue Reading


Broaden your cloud career prospects with security expertise

If you have several years of IT experience, you can try out these cloud security exams, which might help you deal with thorny public cloud vulnerabilities. Continue Reading

2Hone your cloud skills-

Stay relevant in the AWS job market

As AWS and other public cloud providers expand their portfolios, IT job seekers need to stay up to date. A strong grasp of emerging technologies will help prospective employees stick out, so when possible, experiment with new cloud services.

Master multi-cloud, DevOps and serverless technologies to give yourself a leg-up. It's also important to develop your automation and business skills, as enterprises pursue well-rounded staff who can handle a mix of technical and professional tasks to reduce the bottom line.

Amazon and third-party vendors offer training programs relevant to these areas -- and more. But also make sure to get your hands dirty in the cloud, as on-the-job time displays a certain level of expertise that can distinguish one candidate from another.


Seek to grow your multi-cloud expertise

While provider-specific knowledge is still valuable in the enterprise, experience with multi-cloud deployments will become increasingly important, as more organizations use a mix of public IaaS vendors. Continue Reading


Training methods to boost your cloud career

Even when you're not studying for a certification exam, some educational training can help you advance on your AWS career path -- and never pass up hands-on experience. Continue Reading


Bulk up your AWS security, cost management skills

Cloud providers offer a litany of services and technologies, so it's important to focus on areas beyond just core compute, including security and cost management. Continue Reading

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Demand for serverless, AI experience set to grow

Demand for general cloud deployment and management skills remains high, but moving forward, employers will also seek IT pros who can tackle emerging technologies, such as serverless computing, AI and microservices. Continue Reading


Enterprises increasingly emphasize automation, DevOps skills

As enterprises embrace DevOps methodologies, IT professionals with automation skills will find plenty of open opportunities in the job market. Continue Reading


Keep sharp with these AWS training tips

Even the most experienced cloud professionals can improve their career prospects. Stay relevant with online tech communities, and focus on emerging technologies, such as Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes. Continue Reading


Hiring managers make room for cloud capacity role

A cloud capacity manager strategizes and evaluates how an enterprise consumes resources -- a vital role to help reduce unnecessary spend. Continue Reading

3Know AWS' chief competition-

Keep a close eye on the public cloud market

With competitors nipping at its heels, AWS will feel pressure over the next few years to continue its rapid pace of development. In addition to staying on top of the latest AWS technologies, it's important for cloud professionals to have a sense of how the vendor compares to rivals, such as Google and Microsoft.

For example, as basic cloud infrastructure and storage capabilities become mainstream, the leading IaaS providers will look to distinguish themselves with services higher up the stack, such as those for big data and machine learning. What's more, as hybrid and multi-cloud deployments continue to rise in the enterprise, knowledge of how AWS stacks up against its rivals in those key areas will be a valuable trait in cloud job candidates.


AWS looks beyond basic compute, storage services

AWS' core infrastructure and storage services can only take the cloud provider so far. Here's how AWS will focus its attention up the stack in an attempt to continue its growth. Continue Reading


AWS, Microsoft and Google jump on hybrid cloud opportunities

Looking to combine the best of both private and public cloud environments, hybrid IT deployments are becoming the new norm in the enterprise. And IaaS vendors increasingly look to cash in on that trend. Continue Reading


Cloud provider competition heats up around machine learning

As the major public cloud vendors continue to compete for market dominance, machine learning and AI services will play an increasingly big role in that fight. Continue Reading

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Will AWS spread itself too thin?

AWS faces a potential future dilemma: Can it keep up with the swift pace of innovation it has set over the last few years? And, if not, will another cloud provider take the torch? Continue Reading


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