AWS Essentials & Solution Architect Associate certification: The ultimate guide


With the rapidly evolving cloud market and the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are looking for ways to adapt to the new normal. One of the ways is moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud while adopting remote work. IT professionals with cloud computing skills are in huge demand and having a cloud certification would boost your resume and your profile in this competitive market.

We will offer an overview of AWS’s most popular certifications — the AWS Cloud Professional and Solutions Architect Associate certifications. We will answer various questions that candidates might have such as the experience needed, the certification paths, the target audience of the certification and ways to train for the exam.

The rising demand

According to Synergy Research Group, the AWS market share grew to 32% with over 1 million customers and a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Netflix, Adobe and Shell leveraging the platform globally at Q1 2020. The firm’s analysis also shows that AWS and Microsoft own over 50% of the cloud infrastructure services market, with the latter owning 18% of the market share.

Cloud computing was rated number 2 by LinkedIn in the top 10 hard skills organizations need the most in 2020. The list was generated from the network of professionals with profiles and jobs posted on LinkedIn in 2019.

According to Global Knowledge, the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect (“GCP-CA”) is the highest paying certification for the second year in a row, with an average salary of $175,761. This is followed by AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate (“AWS-SAA”) with an average salary of $149,446. In addition, three of every four cloud architects surveyed had earned either the GCP-CA or the AWS-SAA certifications. Five of the top paying IT certifications are in cloud computing cutting across Google Cloud, AWS (Read more...)

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