” They say there’s no such thing as a job for life anymore, and in a fast-changing sector like tech, it’s certainly true that professionals need to keep upskilling throughout their careers to stay up to speed.”

Hi, I’m Susanth Sutheesh, aka A Guide To Cloud. I started this blog and YouTube Channel in 2020 to share everyday ideas about being a Cloud Solutions Architect and hopefully help other Cloud technology professionals. I enjoy writing how-to articles and love evangelizing the technologies I am passionate about.

I have always had an interest in computers from a very young age. As I have grown, so has my passion for technology and have managed to turn my passion into a career I love. I have worked in IT for over 14 years, working for a variety of companies, including Microsoft.

Let’s look at some of the best Azure careers you can get into today, that’ll take you into tomorrow:

Azure Administrator

The role of an Azure Administrator is a vital one across many technologies; admins keep their fingers on the pulse of their systems, installing, configuring, and monitoring everyday functions and ensuring everything is running as it should.

Azure Administrators need to have a good grip on topics like SQL databases, backup and disaster recovery, virtualization, high availability techniques to ensure their Azure platform is in top shape at all times. They’ll be expected to monitor the performance of Azure apps and services, perform audits, and proactively work to optimize functionality. Admins often act as the bridge between Azure users and the technical team behind it, so they need to be able to communicate well with users of all experience levels.

Where you might be working?

  • In-house at an End-user organization
  • Microsoft Partner, providing managed services to their clients
  • Providing support for businesses migrating to the cloud

How to study to be an Azure Administrator?

Microsoft has released a brand new role-based certification, especially for those interested in this position.

  1. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  2. Exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

How much does an Azure Administrator earn?

Azure Developer

Azure Developers build and deploy apps and services on the Azure platform. Having previous development experience is obviously a plus if you want to become an Azure Developer, as is being familiar with other Microsoft products like Powershell, Office 365, and Dynamics 365; all products that integrate with Azure.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your As an Azure Developer, you’ll be charged with designing, creating, implementing, and maintaining solutions from technical infrastructure to apps. You’ll need to stay up to date with the latest developments in technologies and methodologies and understand how to translate them into practical, reliable solutions that solve business problems.

Where you might be working?

  • ISV (Independent software vendor)

How to study to be an Azure Developer?

  1. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  2. Exam AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

How much does an Azure Developer earn?

Azure Solutions Architect

Azure Solution Architects will often be required to be the “cheerleaders” for the new cloud platform. They’ll sell the cloud and its benefits to users, create adoption strategies to help them get the most out of it, and champion best practices.

The role of an Azure Solution Architect is both highly technical and consultative. Solutions Architects are the link between end-users and the cloud teams that will build the solution, so need both hands-on experiences with the Microsoft solutions stack, and excellent communication and relationship-building skills.

Where you might be working?

  • A Vendor
  • Enterprise Organisations
  • Big ISVs (Independent software vendor)
  • MSP’s specializes in Cloud solutions

How to study to be an Azure Solutions Architect?

  1. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  2. Exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
  3. Exam AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  4. Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
  5. Exam AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

How much does an Azure Solutions Architect earn?

Azure Consultant

When an organization is ready to take the first step toward a cloud-first approach to their operations, they speak to an Azure Consultant. These Consultant professionals chat to businesses, find out what they want to get out of their switch to the cloud, gain an understanding of their requirements, and map out the best possible solution.

Once they’ve worked out what their client needs, a consultant will go away and translate those needs into a practical plan, advising on the best products and services to achieve their goals, and creating a migration plan to help them execute the big move.

Where you might be working?

  • A Vendor
  • ISV (Independent software vendor)

How to study to be an Azure Consultant?

  1. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  2. Exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
  3. Exam AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  4. Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

How much does an Azure Consultant earn?

Azure DevOps Engineer

Azure DevOps Engineers are responsible for bringing together people, processes, and technologies to deliver and improve first-rate products that meet user needs and business objectives on an on-going basis. That means architecting, designing, building, and implementing scalable Microsoft Azure solutions, and working across areas like virtual machine environments, storage, and network architecture.

DevOps Engineers will work hand-in-hand with system admins, architects and developers, so need to have outstanding soft skills like project management and communication to enable them to promote a DevOps culture across their organization.

Where you might be working?

  • Big ISVs (Independent software vendor)

How to study to be an Azure DevOps Engineer?

  1. Exam AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions
  2. Exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
  3. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

How much does an Azure DevOps Engineer earn?

Azure Security Engineer

It’s an Azure Security Engineer’s responsibility to implement and configure security controls and policies, manage access to data, and monitor threats to ensure that apps, containers, infrastructure, and networks are protected.

Like anyone, even the slightest bit familiar with cybersecurity will know, user error is the number one threat to an organization’s security, so Security Engineers will also be expected to develop and champion best practices and educate users to minimize risk.

Where you might be working?

  • MSP’s specializes in Cloud solutions
  • Microsoft Partner, providing managed services to their clients
  • In-house at an end-user organization

How to study to be an Azure Security Engineer?

  1. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  2. Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

How much does an Azure Security Engineer earn?

Azure Data Engineer

Azure Data Engineers are responsible for designing and implementing ways to govern, supervise, and secure a company’s data using tools from across Azure’s swathe of data services. Data is an organization’s most precious commodity—making sure that data can be accessed efficiently and protecting it from damage, theft, or misuse should be a top priority. That’s where the Azure Data Engineer comes in.

An Azure Data Engineer will be expected to be able to create and deploy infrastructure that stores and organizes data so that it can be fed into data analytics platforms and help derive valuable insights that benefit the business.

Where you might be working?

  • A Vendor
  • ISV (Independent software vendor)

How to study to be an Azure Data Engineer?

  1. Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure
  2. Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
  3. Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution
  4. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

How much does an Azure Data Engineer earn?

Azure AI Engineer

Azure AI Engineers will be among the most sought-after tech professionals in the coming years. Equipped with the skills and knowledge to help organizations utilize cutting-edge tech within the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As more businesses move to automate their processes and rely more heavily on machine learning processes, AI Engineers will be at the forefront of rolling out these developments, designing, training, integrating and deploying smart models across various tech platforms.

Where you might be working?

  • Technically anywhere in the future!!!

How to study to be an Azure AI Engineer?

  1. Exam AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution
  2. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  3. Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure
  4. Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
  5. Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution

How much does an Azure AI Engineer earn?

Azure Data Scientists

Another key role in the ever-expanding and highly sought-after stable of data-based careers, Azure Data Scientists are tasked with designing data models that address unique business issues. Azure Data Scientists will be expected to consultant with commercial leaders to determine business needs, prepare data for modeling, carry out feature engineering, and continually develop and evaluate their models.

Organizations are increasingly looking to data analysis techniques like Big Data and visualization to give them a clearer picture of their business and make more informed decisions. To help them achieve this, Azure Data Scientists use Azure’s machine learning techniques to coach, assess, and implement data models that surface patterns, trends, and insights.

Where you might be working?

Technically anywhere in the future!!!

How to study to be an Azure Data Scientists?

  1. Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
  2. Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution
  3. Exam AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution
  4. Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

How much does an Azure Data Scientist earn?

Thanks to the continued dominance of cloud computing, there’s never been a better time to start a career in the world of Microsoft Azure. As more businesses flock to Microsoft Azure, demand for skilled cloud professionals is only going to increase.

Cheers!

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