8 AWS jobs you can get with an AWS certification
Amazon Web Services certifications can open the door to high-paying jobs. Once you’ve passed your exam, what jobs are you qualified for?
Jun 08, 2023 • 5 Minute Read
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But before we get started, a disclaimer: There's real value in AWS certifications. But it's important to be realistic about what certs are and aren't.
- That said, certifications can open doors and help you jump-start your cloud career.
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What jobs can you get with AWS certifications?
1. Cloud Architect
Average yearly salary: $148,000-$158,000 USD
What is a cloud architect? Just one of the hottest jobs in tech.
AWS Architects, AWS Cloud Architects, and AWS solutions architects spend their time architecting, building, and maintaining highly available, cost-efficient, and scalable AWS cloud environments. They also make recommendations regarding AWS toolsets and keep up with the latest in cloud computing.
Professional AWS cloud architects deliver technical architectures and lead implementation efforts, ensuring new technologies are successfully integrated into customer environments. This role works directly with customers and engineers, providing both technical leadership and an interface with client-side stakeholders.
Check out our video “So You Want To Be a Cloud Architect” for more insight.
2. Cloud Developer
Average yearly salary: $132,000 USD
Check out our video “So You Want To Be a Cloud Developer” for more insight.
3. Cloud Systems Administrator
Average yearly salary: $97,000-$107,000 USD
A Cloud Systems Administrator, or AWS SysOps administrator, is responsible for the effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of virtual systems, software, and related infrastructures. They also maintain analytics software and build dashboards for reporting.
4. Cloud DevOps Engineer
Average yearly salary: $118,000-$138,000 USD
Check out "So You Want To Be A DevOps Engineer" for more.
5. Cloud Security Engineer
Average yearly salary: $132,000-$152,000 USD
Cloud security engineers provide security for AWS systems, protect sensitive and confidential data, and ensure regulatory compliance by designing and implementing security controls according to the latest security best practices.
Think you want to be a security engineer? Watch “So You Want To Be a Security Engineer” for more.
6. Cloud Network Engineer
Average yearly salary: $107,000-$127,000 USD
Cloud network specialists, engineers, and architects help organizations successfully design, build, and maintain cloud-native and hybrid networking infrastructures, including integrating existing networks with AWS cloud resources.
7. Cloud Data Architect
Average yearly salary: $130,000-$140,000 USD
Watch “So You Want To Be a Data Engineer” for more.
8. Cloud Consultant
Average yearly salary: $104,000-$124,000
Cloud consultants provide organizations with technical expertise and strategy in designing and deploying AWS cloud solutions or in consulting on specific issues such as performance, security, or data migration.
Getting a job after getting an AWS certification
The field of cloud computing will continue to grow and even more different types of jobs will surface in the future.
Through studying and practice, any of the listed jobs could becoming available to you if you pass your AWS certification exams. Educating yourself on AWS concepts plays a key role in furthering your career and receiving not only a higher salary, but a more engaging position.