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How to Become a Certified AWS Developer Associate?

In this blog, we will explore the roles and responsibilities of an AWS developer as well as the skills required by them. Then, we will discuss the certifications that can help one to become an AWS developer associate.



An AWS developer is responsible for the setup, maintenance, and evolution of the cloud infrastructure of web applications. So, how can one become a successful AWS developer associate?

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AWS Developer Skills

The ubiquity of AWS means that most cloud-related job descriptions have AWS mentioned underneath the desired skills for developer roles. A firm understanding of AWS development will distinguish anyone trying to pursue a career in this field from other candidates and be considered a professional with a highly valuable set of skills.

With over 200 products, services, and functionality in AWS, it can get quite overwhelming. However, in this blog, we will highlight some of the more essential skills that an AWS Developer should understand and possess.

Secrets Manager is another tricky service that needs better understanding. AWS launched it to make managing and retrieving secrets, such as API keys, passwords, etc., in web applications less complex.

Amazon RDS has options such as Amazon Aurora that has seen continuous improvement and added new layers of compatibility with MySQL and PostgreSQL. DynamoDB, as well, has been a popular choice for quick and simple NoSQL database requirements. REST-based API has done away with the requirement for a long-running database connection. DocumentDB is new to the AWS database scene. It offers MongoDB compatibility.

Certification in Cloud & Devops

The open-source serverless framework makes building applications on serverless architecture very easy by making use of CloudFormation and AWS SDK. Open-source serverless framework enables one to apply simple configuration files to develop powerful serverless technologies.

AWS Developer Tools

Roles and Responsibilities of AWS Developers

An AWS Developer is expected to be proficient in all the core AWS services. However, the nature of the infrastructure is subject to variation depending on where you are applying for a job. Below are a few of the requirements typically listed for AWS developer jobs:

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AWS Developer Jobs

As reported by LinkedIn, there are currently 31,000+ job openings for AWS developers in the United States and over 7,000 job openings in India. There are 5,000+ job openings in the United Kingdom for AWS developers. 7,900+ job openings are listed on Jora for Australia, while over 1,000 AWS developer job openings are available in Canada as per LinkedIn. As you can see clearly, the demand for cloud professionals is high.


AWS Developer Salary

Listed below are some of the annual average salaries of AWS developers across different countries according to PayScale:

AWS developers in India earn an average salary of ₹962,015 p.a. In the USA, AWS developers have an average annual income of US$101,645. AWS developers in Canada can expect an average salary of CA$89,811 per year.  AWS developers in Australia have an average income of AU$102,885 per year.


AWS Developer Certification

AWS certifications evaluate a candidate’s skills with rigor and thoroughness, with a focus on hands-on experience and best practices. Preparing for certifications can help give your knowledge of AWS a boost by clarifying the key concepts.

If one is new to AWS, certification courses can provide the foundational knowledge and skills that are required to work with AWS services and solutions. AWS certifications validate a candidate’s familiarity and knowledge of the cloud architecture, management, and security.

Out of the 12 AWS certifications offered, the AWS Certified Developer Associate exam will help you to become an AWS developer associate. This exam is intended for professionals in the development role who have at least one year of hands-on experience in the development and maintenance of AWS-based applications.

Some of the skills validated by this AWS certification are:

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How to Prepare for the AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam?

Preparing for the AWS certification exam requires sincere effort. If you do things half heartedly, chances are that you will not perform well as you expect. The preparation strategy that suits one best may not suit others. Nevertheless, here are a couple of guidelines and tips that may help you to come up with your own study plan.

AWS Certification Exam Preparation

The internet is, of course, filled with many study resources and materials. It can get quite overwhelming to choose a couple out of them; so, we have narrowed down the options for you. Here are some of the best ones that you can go through:

Here is a generic but helpful guideline to help you prepare better for the AWS certification exam:

You can also find a list of resources on the certification preparation page on the AWS official website.

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AWS Developer Career Path

Because the AWS certification is vendor-specific, the holders of this certification can expect employment with AWS, at an organization that uses the platform or as a consultant. With the expectation of AWS not faltering in its popularity for many years to come, a career in this technology is extremely promising and will provide stability. Besides, there are 11 other AWS certifications that you can prepare for if you are looking to master this technology and improve your chances of getting ahead in this field.



In this blog, we have talked about how to prepare to become an AWS developer, the tools you will need, the job market, etc. AWS occupies 32 percent of the cloud market, thus making it a major vendor and an opportunity for cloud professionals to master this technology. Do not overthink about the cost of the certification exam as it is a lifelong investment that would help you get a lucrative job in AWS.

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