In the past decade, the rise of cloud computing has been undeniable. Businesses of all sizes are moving their infrastructure and applications to the cloud. This is partly because the cloud allows businesses and their employees to access important information from just about anywhere.
One of the well-known cloud service providers on the market is known as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Currently, AWS has well over one million users and this number continues to grow with each passing day. With AWS, businesses are able to use over 100 cloud services to do everything from launching applications to securing them and just about everything in between.
If you are looking to take your skills as a developer or technology professional to the next level, then getting AWS certified is a great idea. In this article, we’ll cover the top six reasons why getting an AWS Certification is a great idea.
When you’re ready to dive into one of the many AWS Certifications available, the best preparation is to find a program that combines learning techniques. Cloud Academy’s AWS Certification training use a dynamic mix of video-based courses and practical, hands-on testing. Guided hands-on labs and non-guided lab challenges allow you to learn in live cloud environments using real accounts on AWS. Once you feel comfortable with the facts and have gained some applied experience, you can tackle the final exam simulation with confidence.
1. Cloud technology is the future
The main concern you should have as a developer or technology professional is staying on the cutting edge of your industry. Finding out about and embracing technology trends early on will make you indispensable to the companies you work for. For years, business owners and industry professionals have realized that cloud computing is the future of technology. It is estimated that by the year 2020, nearly 85 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud. Rather than letting technology pass you by, now is the time to get AWS certified.
2. Specialty skills make you more desirable to business owners
The only way to achieve the level of success you are after is by constantly looking for new skills to learn. The more you know about the ins and outs of AWS and cloud computing, the easier you will find it to land and keep your dream job. While getting AWS certified should be your current goal, you should look ahead to see what else you can learn to futureproof your career.
There are tons of AWS specialty track certifications that allow people to learn more about important subjects like cloud security and networking. Learning more about things like AWS log management or becoming AWS Certified Solutions Architect can help you greatly when trying to beat out other candidates for coveted positions. While the journey to AWS certification will be a long one, it is well worth the time and energy you invest.
3. AWS is a leader in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service industry
In the past year, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) industry has grown by over 30 percent. One of the biggest companies at the forefront of the IaaS revolution is AWS. If you have a passion for helping companies set up a secure and functional infrastructure, then getting AWS certified is crucial.
By getting this certification, you will be able to learn the core concepts of the AWS platform. This knowledge will allow you to help ease a company into cloud adoption. AWS certified professionals typically deal with far less mistakes and hiccups during this cloud adoption process, which is why businesses of all shapes and sizes seek out these professionals.
4. AWS certification is a very achievable goal
Setting goals to become the best developer or programmer in the world are considered unattainable. Rather than investing your time and energy into these unattainable goals, you need to set your focus on realistic ones. Getting AWS certified is very achievable. Even if you are not that familiar with this platform, there are tons of online resources that can help you out.
Typically, the AWS training you will receive while training to become AWS certified will be a mix of both hands-on learning and reading. Instead of getting overwhelmed with the amount of information you are presented with during this certification process, take your time. Breaking this training into smaller and more digestible sections can help you retain more information. You need to remember that getting AWS certified is not a race and you have as much time as you need.
5. Eligibility for the subject matter expert program
Expanding your knowledge of AWS can help you create more opportunities for yourself regardless of what career path you want to take. When becoming AWS certified, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the subject matter expert program. This program allows you to go to various workshops. These workshops are designed to help you examine the development process and get in-depth knowledge that can help you grow your skillset.
With the knowledge from these workshops, you can increase your knowledge of AWS and how to apply it to a number of different projects. When applying for a job, having this workshop experience will help you set yourself apart from the competition.
6. Show your commitment to your profession
One of the main goals you should have as a developer is showing how committed you are to become the best in your industry. When business owners start to hire developers and programmers, they want to put people in place that will be motivated and easy to manage. If you have AWS certification on your resume, it will show a business owner just how much commitment you have to expanding your skills.
Displaying this commitment will help you open a world of new possibilities. While getting this certification will not be easy, it is worth the time and energy you invest. Failing to take the training and certification process seriously may result in mistakes being made. If you hit a wall with your training, use the internet to find the answers you seek. Learning how to use the various AWS message boards and forums can help you greatly.
What are you waiting for?
Now that you know about the benefits of becoming AWS certified, it is time to make a move. Taking the leap and starting this certification process will be one of the best moves you can make. Staying the course and focusing on your certification will help you avoid getting side-tracked.
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