The cloud a collection of condensed hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the sky. No not that cloud I am talking about Amazon Web Service’s the Goliath provider that is busting out new services faster than one can learn how to use them. Andy Jassy and his team are relentless they make the rest of us IT folks look like sloths. At the time of this post I had one AWS certification under my belt, the only reason why I got it was because of how impressed I was with the technology. As you are aware most of my posts are about IT jobs, this post is going to be about cloud engineering and why you should consider it for reasons other than the six-figure salary.

I have watched cloud engineer interviews and reinvent videos, so I am not just pulling all this out of my hat. Very quickly if you decide to take this route start with the AWS Certified Developer Associate Certification it is low hanging fruit. Then take the AWS Certified Architect Associate this one has a bit more content then what the developer had. Other beginners tips, Linux + and Python programming basics should be your other two focus points. Like I have stated before having server administration experience with these certs would greatly improve your chances of finding a job, especially if you are applying within the same company. A Cloud Guru on Udemy is a great resource.

Most of what AWS offers is on a GUI making it easy to learn, you can literally click around and find what you need since everything is labeled. On top of being easy to use AWS is powerful beyond belief. If you have a large video project you can whip up a beefy EC2 instance and knock it out for the fraction of the time. If you want your own word press site or stuck with a crappie host, you can toss your Word Press code on S3 and then use Cloud Front to have a serverless website. Yeah, you heard me “SERVERLESS.” The best part is that there are small help icons next to everything that explains what that button or feature does. Enough said AWS is an awesome tool for the average bear, startups, and large companies. I have heard cases where companies got so large that it turned out cheaper to have their own data center, but the chances of any of us having that problem are very slim.