AWS Solutions Architect

New vXdL50
May 10, 2018 12 Comments

Currently I’m working for an oil and gas company in their safety department, as a training systems administrator. Basically I manage and develop training systems for employees and compile and report data for OSHA reporting. I know, very exciting.

I’ve started learning about AWS a few weeks ago. I’ve taken the free Cloud Practitioner course on Udemy and also the materials on the AWS Training site. I’m curious to know if I should get the Cloud Practitioner certification or bypass it and go straight to AWS Solutions Architect. Since I’m new to Cloud Computing, what would you all suggest I put my time and energy into.

After I complete my Solutions Architect certification, am I ready to be employed as a full-time SA? If not, what would get me ready?What is a normal salary to expect?

I know it’s a lot of questions.

Thank you in advance.


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  • Johnson Controls SsRT77
    CSAA is a client facing pre sales cert. I skipped practitioner and went straight for solutions architect.

    A lot of jobs that want this cert require software dev skills. Light coding and years experience with several networking topics.

    I have pre sales experience and this cert but no solid professional experience in networking topics. Other than the use of cloud tech.

    It’s been a bit tough to find some use in it but it depends on how well you can market yourself.

    I’d suggest going for SA for a few months. Understanding cloud tech and applications and leveraging your current experience you shouldn’t have much of a problem.
    May 10, 2018 0
  • Micro Focus / Sales

    Micro Focus Sales

    Sales Engineer looking for the next move - PM or PMM if possible
    Solutions Architect are either a pre sales or post sales position and very customer facing. You would need to have consulting experience in a customer facing capacity. Just having a certification won’t get you much. You might have a better change starting off with a partner of AWS.
    May 10, 2018 0
  • New YNWA10
    Thank you for the input. I have a decent (little over a year) grasp of html, CSS, and basic java.

    I’ll go straight for the SA then. Have you heard of SA’s working from home or remotely? My ultimate goal would to work remotely and meet with clients via web conference or occasional travel.

    If you were to ballpark a figure, what’s a typical base salary for an entry level SA?

    Thanks again.
    May 10, 2018 4
    • Johnson Controls SsRT77
      I had a recruiter hit me up about a wfh job. They are out there especially if you can leverage 6+ years. I think they prefer direct experience with AWS if you are to be remote/wfh.

      Salaries average from 80+ starting out in rural states but for a big city like NY and SF. 120-140 base depending on experience. It still seems a bit early on but I’m expecting that in 5-10 years people with these certs and experience can expect 150-170 starting just depending on how amazon does compared with azure and gcloud.
      May 10, 2018
    • Johnson Controls SsRT77
      Just understand though, that once you get one cert, there are plenty more to get. Azure is growing rapidly as is gcloud. If you want to be competitive as a SA then get all 3 and Cisco too cause companies vary from which cloud service that they use.
      May 10, 2018
    • New YNWA10
      Thank you. That’s great advice. Once I complete AWS SA, I’ll go for Azure... can you recommend any training resources? I’ve always been a huge fan of Udemy.

      I plan on spending the next year or so learning and working on my certs before I start applying. I want to make sure I have a solid foundation before I venture out.
      May 10, 2018
    • Johnson Controls SsRT77
      Whizlabs for aws CSAA old version. There’s a new version but those practice quizzes helped me pass the old version. I did those til I got 90%+ on every one and I went through most of acloudguru. I did the free trial and skipped the labs but I passed
      May 10, 2018
  • Amazon ilovebacon
    Getting SA cert != Being a SA

    Presales and tech exp is what matters, not how many certs you have on paper.
    May 11, 2018 0
  • New rsblind
    Anyone know what sort of things they ask for a Solution Architect role
    Sep 19, 2018 0
  • New YNWA10
    Yes, I have about 8 years of experience.
    May 10, 2018 0
  • Oracle / Eng Madmaxf
    Do you have client facing consultung experience??
    May 10, 2018 0