Should I get AWS certified?

Your thoughts?



I have over 10+ years experience as a full stack developer at some of the world's most competitive companies. Here is what I can tell you from my experience....

Is AWS Certification worth It?

If the company you're trying to work for values it, it's worth it.

If the company you're trying to keep your job at values it, it's worth it.

In general, having the basic certificates doesn't hurt anyone. It shows initiative and can give you a leg up when competing for jobs.

One huge problem is that not every company uses AWS. So while you can take comfort in the vendor "lock-in" that is AWS certifications, you still may have to learn Google Cloud Provider (GCP) or Azure etc.

It's also important to remember that there isn't anything you can't teach yourself. For example, if you're an entrepreneur and your priority is your start up, then getting AWS certified isn't necessarily getting you closer to your goal.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If AWS certifications are valued where you work (or want to work), or fit into your career path then 100% get certifications...

Is AWS Certification enough to get a job?


I can say this confidently as I've interviewed thousands of candidates at all levels. Some of the most talented applicants have no certifications and get hired over applicants with strong pedigree of certifications.

AWS certifications are kind of like college degrees...always nice to have but never a game changer in todays market.

Which AWS Certification is in demand?

Here are some of the more recognized/respected ones IMO...

  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Security
  • AWS Certified Machine Learning

Things get kind of redundant once you've been exposed to these :).


There are pros and cons to getting AWS certifications...

The Pros:

AWS certifications are respected almost everywhere. They are an official stamp on understanding a piece of the leading cloud provider for web hosting. You don't have to worry about companies not using AWS. If they don't use AWS they use something similar like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure. Showing an understanding of modern cloud development will help you regardless.

The Cons:

AWS certifications are overwhelming and can take forever to complete. You have to schedule tests and pay for them. Often times your employer will reimburse you as part of a continued education initiative but there is definitely a cost to participating...

There are also so many things to get AWS certified in. It can be overwhelming and make you feel stupid really fast...but starting with the basics like Cloud Prac can be good launch point.


talk about vendor lock in :)


I think it is what any good company is looking for these days. Even if you can just get the "AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner" cert that is at least a start.

I have gotten competitive jobs without these certifications but I feel it is becoming increasingly more important as the market evolves aka more talent enters.

The good news is demand remains EXTREMELY high for software engineers.


Get AWS certified if you plan to focus your career on DevOps and infrastructure type jobs.

Hard to say. Sometimes it is really valued and sometimes they don't even play well with Amazon


if you like working for big companies, then I would recommend it. most tech jobs want you to speak to at least some cloud experience these days.