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What is the Microsoft Azure Certification Path?

At the 2018 Ignite Conference, Microsoft released information about the proposed restructuring of its Azure certifications to convert it into a role-based model. The certifications are now more focused on aligning knowledge according to job roles. With every certification, there is a learning path. You start from the fundamental level and then move on to the associate level and then finally to the expert level. Here are the different roles associated with the different Microsoft Azure certifications:  Azure Fundamentals Azure Administrator Associate Azure AI Engineer Associate Azure Data Engineer Associate Azure Developer Associate Azure Solution Architect Expert Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Now, let’s get into this certification path in detail:  1. Azure FundamentalsThis is the foundational level exam created for people who want to validate their skills in using basic cloud services of Microsoft Azure. You can take this exam even if you are not from a technical background. You should take this exam before moving on to any associate or expert level certifications. Although it is not compulsory, it is highly recommended to validate your foundational knowledge. To ace this exam, you must be familiar with the Microsoft Azure platform and its cloud services. Also, you must have knowledge of security, compliance, privacy, support and pricing of Azure. This exam is available only in English at a cost of $99 USD.  2. Azure Administrator AssociateYou need to pass this exam to get the role of Azure Administrator Associate. After passing, you will get an Azure Administrator Associate badge and become a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate. If you had already passed the 70-533 exam certification, all you needed was to take the Exam AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition. However, the Transition exam was shut down after 30th June, 2019. Now, for the role of Azure Administrator Associate Role, you have to take the AZ-103 exam. This exam is also a prerequisite for the Azure’s DevOps Engineer Expert exam. To ace this exam, you must have a thorough understanding of the following: Azure applications, storage infrastructure, cloud, and operating systems Virtualization tools and network components. Command line interface and PowerShell Just like the Azure Fundamentals exam, this exam is only available in English and costs $165 USD. There was also an Azure Administrator Certification Transition Exam for people who have passed the 70-533 - Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions Exam, but this Transition exam too was retired on June 30, 2019..   3. Azure AI Engineer AssociateThis role is for developers working in cognitive services, knowledge mining, and machine learning. Their job is architecting and implementing Microsoft AI solutions using bots, agents, speech, computer vision, and natural language processing.  4. Azure Data Engineer AssociateThis role is for professionals working in designing and implementing the security, privacy, monitoring, and management of data. To do this and satisfy the business needs, the full stack of data services from Azure is used.   5. Azure Developer AssociateTo get a job as an Azure Developer Associate, you need to pass the AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure. If you want to apply for the Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert exam, you need to pass this exam as a prerequisite. All the candidates who want to take this exam must be familiar with the following: Using the Azure platform to design and build cloud solutions Implementing tools and technologies of Azure for developing apps and services Knowledge of at least one programming language supported by cloud >1 year of experience in creating scalable solutions The exam will cover topics such as development for Azure Storage, developing infrastructure of Azure as a Service Compute Solution, implementing Azure Security, monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing Azure solutions, and connecting and consuming services of Azure and from third-parties. The exam is available in English at a cost of $165 USD.  6. Azure Solution Architect ExpertFor the role of an Azure Solution Architect Expert, you need to pass two exams - Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design. To ace these exams you need to be an expert in designing solutions running on the Azure platform. You must have knowledge of computing, security, storage, and network. You also need to have an understanding of planning solutions for meeting the needs of business.  7. Azure DevOps Engineer ExpertFor this role, you need to pass Exam AZ-400. The candidates for this examinations are the professionals working for combining people, technologies, and processes for delivering services and products. They are responsible for meeting the business objectives and the needs of the customers. A DevOps professional must be able to optimize practices, create automation, and improve collaboration and communication. Azure DevOps professional must have the ability of designing and implementing the practices of DevOps for configuration management, version control, building, testing, releasing, infrastructure as code using the Azure technologies. Now, let’s take a look at the different exams you need to pass for becoming an expert in different roles of Azure.1. AZ - 300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies This exam validates your knowledge of secure and reliable architecting solutions. All the candidates participating in this exam must be familiar with the following: Identification, IT operations, data management, and security More than 1 year of experience architecting solutions Knowledge of Azure administration, development, and DevOps The domains covered in the exam include deployment and configuration of infrastructure, implementing security and workload, architecting cloud technology solutions, creating and deploying apps, developing for the cloud, authentication implementation and securing data. The exam costs $165 USD and is only available in English. 2. Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-301) The prerequisites for this exam is same as the AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies. You need to pass the AZ-300 exam to be eligible for the AZ-301 exam. The exam will cover the following domains: Determining requirements of workload Designing for security and identification Designing a data platform solution Designing a strategy for business continuity Designing a strategy for infrastructure Designing to deploy, migrate and integrate applications The price of the certification is $165 USD and the exam is available only in English. 3. AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions  Candidate with a badge of Azure Developer Associate or Azure Administrator Associate can become an Azure DevOps Engineer Expert. In both cases, you have to take the AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions Exam. the prerequisites for the exam includes the following: Expertise in Azure administration or Azure development and knowledge of both. Ability of designing and implementing practices of DevOps for infrastructure as version control, code, build, release, compliance, testing, and configuration management using the Azure technologies. Proficient in Agile practices. The exam will cover the following domains: Designing a DevOps Strategy Implementing DevOps Development Processes Implementing Continuous Delivery Implementing Continuous Integration Implementing Dependency Management Implementing Continuous Feedback Implementing Application Infrastructure The exam is available in English at a cost of $165 USD.  4. AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies The role of Azure Security Engineer is the latest to be added in the Azure certification path based on roles. There is only on exam required to get this certification, AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies. Although not a necessity, passing the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam is recommended before you take the Azure Security Technologies exam. Here are the prerequisites for this exam: Knowledge of how to use the Microsoft Azure platform to implement the security controls. Familiarity with networking, cloud N-tier architecture, and virtualization. Using the security tools for recognizing and addressing vulnerabilities. Protecting the data, applications, and network by implementing security solutions. Ability to automate and script, maintain security status, and knowledge of identity and access management. The AZ-500 exam will cover the following domains: Securing data and applications Implementing platform protection Managing security operations Managing identity and access This exam costs $165 USD and is available only in English. Expired Role-based Azure Certifications After getting feedback from candidates, Microsoft launched new certifications and expired a few. Here are the expired Azure certifications for the role of Azure Developer Associate and Azure Administrator Associate: AZ-100 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment AZ-101 Microsoft Azure Integration and Security AZ-200 Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions AZ-201 Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions AZ-202 Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Newly Launched Microsoft Azure Certifications Apart from the above-mentioned role-based certifications, Microsoft had launched 7 other certifications that contribute credit towards MCSE, MCSA, or MCP. Note that a few of the exams in this list have been retired in June 2019 (mentioned below). 1. Exam 70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions The exam is created for professionals who know how to design and implement Microsoft data platform solutions. They must also have some experience working with cloud-based platform solutions. The exam will include areas like designing and implementing database solutions for Microsoft Azure SQL server and Microsoft SQL Database, designing for scalability, high availability, and disaster recovery, managing and monitoring Azure’s database implementations, and designing and implementing security.  This exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019.  2. Exam 70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics SolutionsThis exam is for data developers, data architects, data management professionals, and data scientists who use the Microsoft Azure to design big data analytics. They also must have experience in working with big data analytics solutions. The exam objectives include: Design big data interactive solutions and batch processing Design big data real-time processing solutions Operationalizing of end to end cloud analytics solutions This exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019. 3. Exam 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web ServicesAll the candidates taking this exam must be a developer with at least 3 to 5 years of experience developing web services and at least 1 year of experience developing web APIs and Azure Solutions. The objectives of the exam are: Accessing data Querying and manipulating data through Entity Framework Designing and Implementing Web Services Deploying Web Services and Applications Creation and Consumption of Web API based services 4. Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure StackThis exam is for service administrators and infrastructure administrators using Microsoft Azure Stack for providing cloud services. The candidates must also have experience managing and operating Azure Stack environments and have knowledge of Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016 and hybrid cloud resources. The exam objectives include: Deployment and integration of an Azure Stack Environment Configuration of IaaS and PaaS for the Azure Stack Environment Maintenance and Monitoring of the Azure Stack Environment Enable DevOps for Azure Stack Tenants Provide Services to Azure Stack Tenants 5. Exam 70-774: Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine LearningCreated for data analysts and data scientists working to build and deploy intelligent solutions through Azure cloud services. Candidates must have experience in Machine Learning, Data Science Processes, and Azure data services. Here are the objectives of this exam: Development of Machine Learning Models Preparation of Data for Analysis through Azure Machine Learning Exporting data from Azure MAchine LEarning Usage of services for Machine Learning Management and operation of Machine Learning Services 6. Exam 70-775: Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft HDInsightIntended for data developers, data architects, data engineers, and data scientists who are working on implementing big data engineering workflows on Azure HDInsight. Working experience in big data analytics solutions is also recommended. The exam objectives include: Implementation of Big Data Batch Processing Solutions Implementation of Big Data Interactive Processing Solutions Administration and Provision of HDInsight Clusters Implementation of Big Data Real-Time Processing Solutions Please note that this exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019. 7. Exam 70-776: Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud ServicesThis exam is for professionals who design analytical solutions and build operationalized solutions on the Azure platform. Experience in handling issues related to data engineering is also recommended. Here are the objectives of the exam: Use the Azure Data Lake to design and implement analytics Use the Azure Data Factory to design and implement cloud-based integration Use the Azure Stream Analytics to design and implement complex event processing Design and implement Azure SQL Data Warehouse Solutions Manage and maintain Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, Azure Stream Analytics, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Preparing for the New Microsoft Azure Certifications There are several classroom training programs and online classes to help you prepare for the new Microsoft Azure certifications. Various platforms also provide practice tests to take after the certification training. Here are a few steps that will help you prepare for the certification exam: 1. Exam detailsGet all the information you can get regarding the certification. This will also help you know about the criteria. 2. Checking prerequisites and course contentTo prepare for the Azure certification, you need to check out the course content. Also, before you select the certification path, you need to take a look at the prerequisites as well. 3. Checking exam overviewThe overview includes information, domains and objectives of the exam. You need to check this out before selecting the training. 4. Taking help of exam guideExam guides will help you understand the roadmap and the components of the Microsoft Certification deeply. 5. Studying Certifications WhitepapersThe certification whitepapers will help you understand the exam objectives and prepare you for the Microsoft Azure Certifications Path. 6. Reading recommendation booksRecommended books are a great way for knowing more about the certifications. For this to work, you need to follow every instruction given in the book. 7. Taking sample questions and practice testsYou need to check out the sample questions and take practice tests after preparing for the certification path. Whether you should go for the Microsoft Azure Certifications or not depends on its scope in the future. There are different aspects covered by this certification including storage, integration, security, reliability, networking, and administration. As you know that all these certifications are cloud-based, you should pursue these certifications to get ahead in your Azure career path.  Now you know all there is to know about the Microsoft Azure Certifications and how they can benefit your career. This will help you in selecting the best certification for you. For more information on Azure cloud and certification, try the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course by KnowledgeHut. 
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What is the Microsoft Azure Certification Path?

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  • 14th Oct, 2019
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What is the Microsoft Azure Certification Path?

At the 2018 Ignite Conference, Microsoft released information about the proposed restructuring of its Azure certifications to convert it into a role-based model. The certifications are now more focused on aligning knowledge according to job roles. With every certification, there is a learning path. You start from the fundamental level and then move on to the associate level and then finally to the expert level. Here are the different roles associated with the different Microsoft Azure certifications:  

  1. Azure Fundamentals 
  2. Azure Administrator Associate 
  3. Azure AI Engineer Associate 
  4. Azure Data Engineer Associate 
  5. Azure Developer Associate 
  6. Azure Solution Architect Expert 
  7. Azure DevOps Engineer Expert 

Now, let’s get into this certification path in detail: 

 1. Azure Fundamentals

This is the foundational level exam created for people who want to validate their skills in using basic cloud services of Microsoft Azure. You can take this exam even if you are not from a technical background. You should take this exam before moving on to any associate or expert level certifications. Although it is not compulsory, it is highly recommended to validate your foundational knowledge. 

To ace this exam, you must be familiar with the Microsoft Azure platform and its cloud services. Also, you must have knowledge of security, compliance, privacy, support and pricing of Azure. This exam is available only in English at a cost of $99 USD. 

 2. Azure Administrator Associate

You need to pass this exam to get the role of Azure Administrator Associate. After passing, you will get an Azure Administrator Associate badge and become a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate. If you had already passed the 70-533 exam certification, all you needed was to take the Exam AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition. However, the Transition exam was shut down after 30th June, 2019. Now, for the role of Azure Administrator Associate Role, you have to take the AZ-103 exam. This exam is also a prerequisite for the Azure’s DevOps Engineer Expert exam. To ace this exam, you must have a thorough understanding of the following: 

  • Azure applications, storage infrastructure, cloud, and operating systems 
  • Virtualization tools and network components. 
  • Command line interface and PowerShell 

Just like the Azure Fundamentals exam, this exam is only available in English and costs $165 USD. 

There was also an Azure Administrator Certification Transition Exam for people who have passed the 70-533 - Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions Exam, but this Transition exam too was retired on June 30, 2019..  

 3. Azure AI Engineer Associate

This role is for developers working in cognitive services, knowledge mining, and machine learning. Their job is architecting and implementing Microsoft AI solutions using bots, agents, speech, computer vision, and natural language processing. 

 4. Azure Data Engineer Associate

This role is for professionals working in designing and implementing the security, privacy, monitoring, and management of data. To do this and satisfy the business needs, the full stack of data services from Azure is used.  

 5. Azure Developer Associate

To get a job as an Azure Developer Associate, you need to pass the AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure. If you want to apply for the Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert exam, you need to pass this exam as a prerequisite. All the candidates who want to take this exam must be familiar with the following: 

  • Using the Azure platform to design and build cloud solutions 
  • Implementing tools and technologies of Azure for developing apps and services 
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language supported by cloud 
  • >1 year of experience in creating scalable solutions 

The exam will cover topics such as development for Azure Storage, developing infrastructure of Azure as a Service Compute Solution, implementing Azure Security, monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing Azure solutions, and connecting and consuming services of Azure and from third-parties. The exam is available in English at a cost of $165 USD. 

 6. Azure Solution Architect Expert

For the role of an Azure Solution Architect Expert, you need to pass two exams - Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design. To ace these exams you need to be an expert in designing solutions running on the Azure platform. You must have knowledge of computing, security, storage, and network. You also need to have an understanding of planning solutions for meeting the needs of business. 

 7. Azure DevOps Engineer Expert

For this role, you need to pass Exam AZ-400. The candidates for this examinations are the professionals working for combining people, technologies, and processes for delivering services and products. They are responsible for meeting the business objectives and the needs of the customers. A DevOps professional must be able to optimize practices, create automation, and improve collaboration and communication. Azure DevOps professional must have the ability of designing and implementing the practices of DevOps for configuration management, version control, building, testing, releasing, infrastructure as code using the Azure technologies. 

Now, let’s take a look at the different exams you need to pass for becoming an expert in different roles of Azure.

1. AZ - 300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies 

This exam validates your knowledge of secure and reliable architecting solutions. All the candidates participating in this exam must be familiar with the following: 

  • Identification, IT operations, data management, and security 
  • More than 1 year of experience architecting solutions 
  • Knowledge of Azure administration, development, and DevOps 

The domains covered in the exam include deployment and configuration of infrastructure, implementing security and workload, architecting cloud technology solutions, creating and deploying apps, developing for the cloud, authentication implementation and securing data. 

The exam costs $165 USD and is only available in English. 

2. Microsoft Azure Architect Design (AZ-301) 

The prerequisites for this exam is same as the AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies. You need to pass the AZ-300 exam to be eligible for the AZ-301 exam. The exam will cover the following domains: 

  • Determining requirements of workload 
  • Designing for security and identification 
  • Designing a data platform solution 
  • Designing a strategy for business continuity 
  • Designing a strategy for infrastructure 
  • Designing to deploy, migrate and integrate applications 

The price of the certification is $165 USD and the exam is available only in English. 

3. AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions  

Candidate with a badge of Azure Developer Associate or Azure Administrator Associate can become an Azure DevOps Engineer Expert. In both cases, you have to take the AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions Exam. the prerequisites for the exam includes the following: 

  • Expertise in Azure administration or Azure development and knowledge of both. 
  • Ability of designing and implementing practices of DevOps for infrastructure as version control, code, build, release, compliance, testing, and configuration management using the Azure technologies. 
  • Proficient in Agile practices. 

The exam will cover the following domains: 

  • Designing a DevOps Strategy 
  • Implementing DevOps Development Processes 
  • Implementing Continuous Delivery 
  • Implementing Continuous Integration 
  • Implementing Dependency Management 
  • Implementing Continuous Feedback 
  • Implementing Application Infrastructure 

The exam is available in English at a cost of $165 USD.  

4. AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies 

The role of Azure Security Engineer is the latest to be added in the Azure certification path based on roles. There is only on exam required to get this certification, AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies. Although not a necessity, passing the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam is recommended before you take the Azure Security Technologies exam. Here are the prerequisites for this exam: 

  • Knowledge of how to use the Microsoft Azure platform to implement the security controls. 
  • Familiarity with networking, cloud N-tier architecture, and virtualization. 
  • Using the security tools for recognizing and addressing vulnerabilities. 
  • Protecting the data, applications, and network by implementing security solutions. 
  • Ability to automate and script, maintain security status, and knowledge of identity and access management. 

The AZ-500 exam will cover the following domains: 

  • Securing data and applications 
  • Implementing platform protection 
  • Managing security operations 
  • Managing identity and access 

This exam costs $165 USD and is available only in English. 

Expired Role-based Azure Certifications 

After getting feedback from candidates, Microsoft launched new certifications and expired a few. Here are the expired Azure certifications for the role of Azure Developer Associate and Azure Administrator Associate: 

Newly Launched Microsoft Azure Certifications 

Apart from the above-mentioned role-based certifications, Microsoft had launched 7 other certifications that contribute credit towards MCSE, MCSA, or MCP. Note that a few of the exams in this list have been retired in June 2019 (mentioned below). 

1. Exam 70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions 

The exam is created for professionals who know how to design and implement Microsoft data platform solutions. They must also have some experience working with cloud-based platform solutions. The exam will include areas like designing and implementing database solutions for Microsoft Azure SQL server and Microsoft SQL Database, designing for scalability, high availability, and disaster recovery, managing and monitoring Azure’s database implementations, and designing and implementing security.  

This exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019. 

 2. Exam 70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

This exam is for data developers, data architects, data management professionals, and data scientists who use the Microsoft Azure to design big data analytics. They also must have experience in working with big data analytics solutions. The exam objectives include: 

  • Design big data interactive solutions and batch processing 
  • Design big data real-time processing solutions 
  • Operationalizing of end to end cloud analytics solutions 

This exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019. 

3. Exam 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

All the candidates taking this exam must be a developer with at least 3 to 5 years of experience developing web services and at least 1 year of experience developing web APIs and Azure Solutions. The objectives of the exam are: 

  • Accessing data 
  • Querying and manipulating data through Entity Framework 
  • Designing and Implementing Web Services 
  • Deploying Web Services and Applications 
  • Creation and Consumption of Web API based services 

4. Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack

This exam is for service administrators and infrastructure administrators using Microsoft Azure Stack for providing cloud services. The candidates must also have experience managing and operating Azure Stack environments and have knowledge of Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016 and hybrid cloud resources. The exam objectives include: 

  • Deployment and integration of an Azure Stack Environment 
  • Configuration of IaaS and PaaS for the Azure Stack Environment 
  • Maintenance and Monitoring of the Azure Stack Environment 
  • Enable DevOps for Azure Stack Tenants 
  • Provide Services to Azure Stack Tenants 

5. Exam 70-774: Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning

Created for data analysts and data scientists working to build and deploy intelligent solutions through Azure cloud services. Candidates must have experience in Machine Learning, Data Science Processes, and Azure data services. Here are the objectives of this exam: 

  • Development of Machine Learning Models 
  • Preparation of Data for Analysis through Azure Machine Learning 
  • Exporting data from Azure MAchine LEarning 
  • Usage of services for Machine Learning 
  • Management and operation of Machine Learning Services 

6. Exam 70-775: Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft HDInsight

Intended for data developers, data architects, data engineers, and data scientists who are working on implementing big data engineering workflows on Azure HDInsight. Working experience in big data analytics solutions is also recommended. The exam objectives include: 

  • Implementation of Big Data Batch Processing Solutions 
  • Implementation of Big Data Interactive Processing Solutions 
  • Administration and Provision of HDInsight Clusters 
  • Implementation of Big Data Real-Time Processing Solutions 

Please note that this exam has been retired on 30th June, 2019. 

7. Exam 70-776: Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud Services

This exam is for professionals who design analytical solutions and build operationalized solutions on the Azure platform. Experience in handling issues related to data engineering is also recommended. Here are the objectives of the exam: 

  • Use the Azure Data Lake to design and implement analytics 
  • Use the Azure Data Factory to design and implement cloud-based integration 
  • Use the Azure Stream Analytics to design and implement complex event processing 
  • Design and implement Azure SQL Data Warehouse Solutions 
  • Manage and maintain Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, Azure Stream Analytics, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. 

Preparing for the New Microsoft Azure Certifications 

There are several classroom training programs and online classes to help you prepare for the new Microsoft Azure certifications. Various platforms also provide practice tests to take after the certification training. Here are a few steps that will help you prepare for the certification exam: 

1. Exam details

Get all the information you can get regarding the certification. This will also help you know about the criteria. 

2. Checking prerequisites and course content

To prepare for the Azure certification, you need to check out the course content. Also, before you select the certification path, you need to take a look at the prerequisites as well. 

3. Checking exam overview

The overview includes information, domains and objectives of the exam. You need to check this out before selecting the training. 

4. Taking help of exam guide

Exam guides will help you understand the roadmap and the components of the Microsoft Certification deeply. 

5. Studying Certifications Whitepapers

The certification whitepapers will help you understand the exam objectives and prepare you for the Microsoft Azure Certifications Path. 

6. Reading recommendation books

Recommended books are a great way for knowing more about the certifications. For this to work, you need to follow every instruction given in the book. 

7. Taking sample questions and practice tests

You need to check out the sample questions and take practice tests after preparing for the certification path. 

Whether you should go for the Microsoft Azure Certifications or not depends on its scope in the future. There are different aspects covered by this certification including storage, integration, security, reliability, networking, and administration. As you know that all these certifications are cloud-based, you should pursue these certifications to get ahead in your Azure career path.  

Now you know all there is to know about the Microsoft Azure Certifications and how they can benefit your career. This will help you in selecting the best certification for you. For more information on Azure cloud and certification, try the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course by KnowledgeHut. 

Joydip

Joydip Kumar

Solution Architect

Joydip is passionate about building cloud-based applications and has been providing solutions to various multinational clients. Being a java programmer and an AWS certified cloud architect, he loves to design, develop, and integrate solutions. Amidst his busy work schedule, Joydip loves to spend time on writing blogs and contributing to the opensource community.


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A solution architect needs to understand all the constraints and compare them for making managerial and technological decisions as per the project goals.Selecting the technology stack for the project: A vital task performed by solutions architect is to select the right technologies for the development of products. The strategy of technical architecture depends directly on the technology stack that is chosen. Several different practices exist with regards to platforms, tools and programming languages. The function of a solution architect is finding which of these practices are most suitable for the project. It is a complicated task that requires assessing and comparing technology.Complying to the non-functional requirements: There are non-functional requirements as well that a software project has to meet. These requirements describing the system characteristics are called quality attributes. Non-functional requirements can differ according to the complexity of the product. The common requirements include security, maintainability, performance, usability, reliability, and scalability of a product. All these non-functional requirements are analyzed by the solution architect for ensuring product engineering meets these requirements. Main Roles and Duties of a Solution ArchitectConducting architectural evaluation, analysis, and design of enterprise-wide systemsStimulating appropriate design discipline and design tools like IBM RationalEnsuring delivery of robust system solutions by the application architecture team to the architect businessDeveloping, enhancing and maintaining established process and procedure of service design for assuring appropriate and robust service designWork with the enterprise architect for making sure the architecture and strategic blueprints are complied withForming part of a high-performance solution architecture team that supports the developmental effort of a business-oriented projectPlanning, designing and executing complex company level solution configurationPreparation and presentation of a test plan, lab reports, technical presentations and analyst briefings for covering different solution areasBe responsible for the best current practices and suggestionsCollaboration with the IT development team for ensuring suitable translation of architectural solution into robust and effective implementationMaking sure configuration management continues the way it shouldIdentification of customer requirements, analysis of alternatives and conducting product recommendations associated with platform, software and network configurationsWork with sales department for performing demonstration and conversing requirementsInitiate contact with the client to provide a complete team effortPrimary responsibilities:Understanding the needs of the company for defining system specificationsPlanning and designing the technology solution structureCommunication system requirements to the software development teamEvaluation and choosing suitable hardware or software and suggesting methods for integrationOverseeing assigned programs and guiding the team membersProviding assistance when technical problems ariseMaking sure the agreed infrastructure and architecture are implementedAddressing the technical concerns, suggestions, and ideasMonitoring systems to make sure they meet business goals as well as user requirementsSkills Required to become a Solution ArchitectThe role of a solution architect is a technical one and involves the translation of functional requirements into robust solutions. Individuals looking to get a job as a solution architect must possess AWS solutions architect certification and have a relevant degree along with certain skills, including:Technical literacy: A high level of technical literacy is required to become a solution architect. It allows them to figure out how a particular solution fits with the current structure of the organization. They also need to assist the development of requirements and specificationsAnalytical assessment: Solution architects are required to examine the current system of the client, which involves extreme analysis. They also need to analyze to determine the overall scope and requirements of the projectManaging schedule: Right time management skills are required for determining milestones and schedules for development and ensuring timely completion of deliverablesLeading the team: Solution architects need to know how to motivate and lead since they directly oversee development teams throughout the development lifecycles of projectsCommunication skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required since the role involves communication with clients, external vendors and team membersSolving problems: The system limitations or client specification can change during development. Solution architects need to use their problem-solving skills for changing directions quickly as per the updated limitations or specifications.When is Solution Architecture Needed by a Company?Technology consulting organizations can introduce solution architecture to the corporate structure if the integration process of the software system is not systematic. A solution architect is not required for all the projects. Solution architecture won’t be required if a single proven tech module is being implemented. However, it is advisable to consider solution architecture services when the projects grow to be more complicated, entailing different risks and processes. A solution architect is needed when:It is unknown which solution is the best fit for the company ecosystem: It is important that there exists a link between a particular project and enterprise architecture. Solution architectures make sure company environment standards are met by the solutionA digital transformation project is being run: Projects involving digital transformation requires businesses to reevaluate what they deliver to customers or how they deliver it. It cannot be done without linking business and technological tasks, which is what a solution architect doesThere are a lot of risks involved: In projects that involve different technological risks, uncertain requirements, implementation of multiple products or unapproved underlying technologies, it is necessary to have a solution architectA future product has to be presented to investors: In this case, solution architects help suggest suitable technologies for matching production requirements. They also communicate in clear and understandable business termsCommunications between engineers and stakeholders have to be set up: There can be a communication gap between a non-technical and technical specialist. Solution architects help bridge that gapThe project involves multiple teams: Larger projects require someone for managing the designers, business or technical architect teams for producing quality outcomes. To sum it all up, solution architecture forms the underpinning of all IT projects, regardless of whether the company actually adopts this practice or not. Deliberate introduction of solution architecture allows the building of the framework that aligns with skills, resources, and technology of defined business goals. Conventionally, mid-size and small companies do not practice solution architecture. The problems related to solution architecture are delegated across different roles with the product and development team. It is a good option for small projects that have predictable outcomes. However, a specialist will definitely be required if the enterprise architecture itself is complex with multiple software products being introduced into the ecosystem. A solution architect is a specialist for such needs.
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AWS has dominated the field of cloud computing in recent years as a robust and infallible provider of cloud services. As more and more companies are shifting their workload to the cloud, cloud computing has become a must-have, core competency in the organization. AWS offers different levels for different certifications. If you are working in AWS, a certification will help you demonstrate your skills. So, you need to select one that matches your domain and experience. With an AWS certification in your hand, you will be able to display the most-in demand skills that are validated by none other than Amazon.  As per the RightScale State of the Cloud report of 2018, 68% of SMBs and 64% of the enterprises are using AWS to run their applications. A continuous stream of new, improved services, geographic expansion, and financial performance indicates that AWS is going to be in demand for a long time.Currently, AWS offers 11 different certifications. To earn these certifications, there are no set-in-stone steps. However, we have enlisted a few straight-forward steps that will help you create a plan to become AWS certified:The first step is to enroll in a training class. This will help you get an in-depth knowledge of AWS and cloud computing.Gather all the exams and study guides you can find and review them.Practice as much as you can. It will help reduce any stress you might have regarding the certification exam.Once you think  you are prepared, schedule the exam.It is important to choose the right certification exam to attempt based on your expertise, qualification and experience. The AWS certifications have four levels:FoundationalAssociateProfessionalSpecialty.Let’s learn about the certifications offered by AWS and their eligibility requirements:1. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner – Foundational CertificationThis entry-level certification is the newest certification offered by the AWS. This was created to test the candidate’s knowledge of the AWS Cloud. In the Cloud Practitioner certification exam, the areas that will be covered include knowledge of AWS cloud and its infrastructure, fundamental principles of the AWS architecture, basic compliance and security measures, the shared responsibility model, identifying technical assistance and sources of documentation, defining billing, pricing models, and account management, key services and common use cases of AWS, AWS cloud’s value proposition, and operating and deploying principles. It is recommended to take this exam before you move on to associate or professional level certifications.To be eligible for this certification exam, a candidate must have: Basic knowledge of the IT services and solutions and how they are used in the AWS platform. Minimum of 6 months of working experience in AWS cloud in a sales, managerial, purchase, technical, or financial role.The average annual salary of an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is between $90,512 and $113,932.2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – AssociateIf you know how to design distributed applications, then solutions architect certification exam is for you. It will allow you to validate your skills of designing, implementing, and managing applications using services and tools available on the AWS platform.The exam will test your knowledge of networking technologies and their application in AWS, working of AWS-based applications, connecting AWS platform to the client’s interfaces, building applications on the AWS platform that are secure and reliable, deploying hybrid systems with AWS components and on-premises data center, designing scalable and highly available systems, deploying and implementing applications on AWS, and troubleshooting, data security practices, and disaster recovery techniques related to AWS.The eligibility requirements for this certification exam include:At least 1 year of working experience in designing and deploying applications on the AWS platform. Expertise in at least 1 high-level programming language,  ability to identify the requirements of an application, defining best practices for securing the AWS application and deploying hybrid systems with AWS components is required.An AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate level has an annual income of $117,773 per year.3. AWS Certified Developer – AssociateThis Developer Associate Certification exam is all about how to develop and maintain applications on the AWS platform. You must have the knowledge and skills of writing code that can access the AWS applications from the custom business application using the AWS software.During the exam, your understanding of the core AWS services and basic architecture of the AWS platform will be tested. You must have had experience in designing, implementing, deploying, and maintaining AWS-based applications. Apart from this, you must also have knowledge of key AWS services like databases, change management services, workflow services, notifications, and storage services.One must satisfy certain eligibility criteria to take the AWS Certified Developer – Associate exam:Knowledge of the AWS architecture, services offered by the AWS and their uses. Proficiency in using the AWS platform for designing, building, and deploying cloud-based applications as well as applications built for Amazon SNS, SQS, SWS, DynamoDB, S3, CloudFormation, and Elastic Beanstalk. Knowledge of at least one high-level programming language. At least 1 year of working experience in designing and maintaining AWS-based cloud applicationsAn AWS Certified Developer- Associate’s average annual income is $130, 272.4. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – AssociateThe SysOps Administrator certification exam is the only exam offered by AWS that is completely for system administrators.  To pass this exam, a candidate must have conceptual knowledge as well as technical expertise in operational aspects of the AWS. During the exam, you skills in using the AWS platform for deploying applications, transferring data between the AWS and the data centers, meeting the needs of an organization by selecting the right AWS service, knowledge of how to provision, secure, and manage systems deployed in an AWS environment will be tested.To be eligible for the AWS Certified Developer – Associate exam, the following are required: One or more years of working experience in operating and managing applications deployed on the AWS platform. Must be able to provide guidance on how to deploy and operate applications on AWS, define and identify the best practices available on the AWS for the complete project’s lifecycle as well as the solutions for the applications based on AWS, and understand how to operate, provision and maintain AWS based systems.Every year, an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate makes about $130,6105. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – ProfessionalA professional AWS architect is responsible for evaluating the requirements of the organization and then making architectural recommendations in order to implement and deploy AWS-based applications. To get this certification, a candidate must have experience and technical skills required to design applications on the AWS platform.The exam for the AWS Solutions Architect – Professional certification will include practices implemented for architecting the AWS-based applications. The candidate must have knowledge of the strategies used for cost optimizations. Also, they must know how to fulfill the application’s requirements by choosing the correct AWS service and how to migrate different, complex applications system to the AWS platform.To be eligible for this certification exam, a candidate must have:At least 2 years of working experience in designing and deploying AWS-based cloud architecture. Skills to recommend services that can be used to design, provision, and deploy AWS-based applications Familiarity with the practices involved in implementing the AWS application’s architecture. Expertise in high-level programming language.As an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional, you will be able to earn $167,500 per year.6. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – ProfessionalThis certification validates your skills to provision, operate and manage AWS-based applications. The focus of the exam is on the fundamental concepts of the DevOps movement – automation of processes and continuous delivery.During the certification exam, the candidate will be tested on concepts like the modern continuous delivery methodologies and their implementation in the CD systems, setting up, logging, and monitoring systems on AWS, implementation of scalable and highly available systems on AWS, and designing and managing tools required for enabling the automation of production operations.As a DevOps Engineer, a candidate must fulfill certain requirements to be eligible for the AWS Certified DevOps – Professional exam. This includes:Two or more years of working experience in provisioning, managing, and operating applications deployed in the AWS environmentExperience in developing code in a high-level programming languageKnowledge of automation and testing using scripting and programming languages as well as other development processes and methodologies like Agile.The average annual salary of an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional is $137,724.7. AWS Certified Big Data – SpecialtyThis specialty certification from AWS is for a candidate working in the field of data analytics and have worked with AWS services to design and architect solutions for big data. The certification exam validates the candidate’s skills to use the AWS services to extract the value from data.The areas covered in the exam include implementation of big data services of AWS through best architectural practices, automating the data analysis process using the AWS tools, providing best security practices for big data solutions, knowing how to design and maintain big data, and other AWS services like Athena, Kinesis, Rekognition, and Quicksight.To be eligible for the AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exam, a candidate must satisfy certain requirements:At least 5 years of experience working in the field of data analytics. Experience in designing and developing robust, scalable, and cost-effective architecture for data processing. Understanding of how to define and architect big data services of AWS and how they exist in the lifecycle of data this includes how to collect, ingest, store, process or visualize.An AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty professional can earn up to $99,909 per year.8. AWS Certified Advanced Networking – SpecialtyThis certification will validate your skills of using the hybrid IT networking architecture and the AWS platform to perform complex tasks related to networking. To ace this exam, one must have experience in implementing and architecting network solutions and knowledge of using the AWS for networking.The areas covered during this exam includes how to design, develop, and deploy AWS-based cloud solutions, using the best architectural practices to implement core services, troubleshooting, optimizing network, implementing compliance and security design, automating the tasks of AWS for network deployments. Also, they must know how to design and maintain network architecture for the AWS platform and leverage analysis and automation tools used for networking tasks on the AWS platform.One must fulfill certain requirements to be eligible for the AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty exam. They must have: Minimum 5 years of working experience in architecting and implementing network solutions. Knowledge and understanding of concepts and technologies used in AWS networking.An AWS Certified Networking specialist can earn up to $113,065 per year.9. AWS Certified Security - SpecialtyFor this certification, you will have to master the fundamentals of the security, the best practices used and have a deep understanding of the key security services on the AWS platform. You will be tested on topics like encryption, data protection, identity and access management, logging, infrastructure security, monitoring, and incident response.The certification exam will cover topics like how to use AWS services to get the desired security level depending on the deployment method and data sensitivity. This also includes using the best data protection techniques like encryption mechanisms, monitoring solutions and implementing logging for analyzing and detecting weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the infrastructure’s security.The eligibility requirements for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam are:At least 5 years of experience as an IT security personnel on designing and implementing security solutions. 2 or more years of working experience in securing AWS workloads and knowledge of using security controls for AWS workloads.The annual remuneration of an AWS Certified Security – Specialty professional is $122,155.10. AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – SpecialtyThis certification will help you demonstrate your skill in creating, deploying, and testing Amazon Alexa. If you are currently working as an Alexa skill builder, this exam is for you.The exam will cover concepts like the value of the voice, Alexa developer console, implementing security measures by following Alexa and AWS practices, and user experience design.Anyone wanting to get AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty must have:More than 6 months of working experience in a programming knowledge as well as using Alexa Skills Kit to build Alexa skills11. AWS Certified Machine Learning SpecialtyThis certification exam will validate your skills in creating, implementing, and maintaining machine learning solutions for different business problems.During the certification exam, the covered areas will be selecting the best machine learning approach for a given problem, designing and implementing machine learning solutions that are secure, scalable, cost-optimized, and reliable, and identifying the right AWS solution for creating and deploying ML solutions.The eligibility requirement for this certification is:1 to 2 years of working experience in using the AWS cloud for implementing concepts of Machine Learning as well as deep learning. Background in developing and data science.AWS Services have become a major player in the internet infrastructure industry. With the AWS certifications in your hand, you will be able to beat the crowd for the best opportunities. Knowing the eligibility requirements for AWS will help you select which AWS certification is the best for you. This will allow you to prepare for the exam accordingly. All the figures mentioned above are accurate as of August 2019 and are sourced from online job portals such as Indeed.com, Salary.com, Glassdoor.com, etc.
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Since the advent of Amazon Web Services, the landscape of the internet’s infrastructure has vastly changed. The services are becoming quite popular because of the ease and scalability they provide in a number of processes. Getting an AWS certification today will help you stay ahead of the crowd. As per a recent salary survey from Global Knowledge, the average yearly salary of an AWS Amazon Certifications holder is $113,932. Salaries have gone up by 10% in just one year and with AWS being the primary computing platform in hundreds of enterprises, there is quite a good chance that they will continue growing.Getting an AWS certification will help you land a better, and more lucrative job. The certification will also open doors for jobs like:Operational Support EngineerThe job of an operational support engineer includes monitoring and resolving operational issues that are reported. Also, they assist in any environment upgrade. Their average annual salary is between $59,000 and $92,000.Cloud Software EngineerA cloud software engineer designs and implements new systems and software services in a high-level programming language like C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, etc. They also mentor new junior employees and explain complex processes to non-technical members of the team. They can earn anything between $63,000 and $93,000 per year.System Integrator – CloudFor this job, you need to have a thorough understanding of information systems and cloud computing. They work with the team to help troubleshoot and support complex development processes. A System Integrator can have an average annual income of $81,000.Cloud DeveloperAs a cloud developer, you will be responsible for developing enterprise-level applications and software services. You must have knowledge of common cloud orchestration tools as well as working experience as a software developer to get a high-paying job as a Cloud Developer. The average annual salary of a cloud developer is $95,000.DevOps EngineerA DevOps Engineer is responsible for designing AWS Cloud Solutions that can significantly impact and improve your business. Also, they implement patching or debugging and perform the required server maintenance. Depending on their experience and the company they are working for, the average annual income of a DevOps Engineer varies between $93,000 and $144,000.AWS Solutions ArchitectThe job of an AWS Solutions architect is to design, build, and maintain scalable, cost-efficient, and highly available AWS cloud environments. They keep up with the latest updates in the field of cloud computing and based on this knowledge, make recommendations regarding the AWS toolsets. The average annual income of an AWS Solutions architect ranges between $98,000 and $150,000.AWS SysOps AdministratorTo effectively provision, install, configure, operate and maintain software, virtual systems, and infrastructure, you need an AWS SysOps Administrator. They are also responsible for building dashboards for reporting and maintaining analytics software. Their average salary varies between $111,000 and $160,000 per year.Senior AWS Cloud ArchitectAs a senior AWS cloud architect, they work with engineers and customers. So, they are the technical leader as well as interface with the stakeholders from the client-side. Their responsibilities include leading the implementation process, delivering technical architectures, and successfully integrating the customer environments with new technologies. The average yearly remuneration of a senior AWS Cloud Architect is $165,000.According to Forrester, by 2020, the market for the Amazon cloud will reach $236B. With more and more companies adopting cloud services, the shortage of AWS Certified Professionals continues, driving up salaries and incentives. The AWS provides associate and professional level certification for developers, solutions architects, and system operations administrators to help bridge this gap. Here, we have explained in detail all the different certifications offered by1. AWS Cloud Practitioner – FundamentalThis certification is for managers, sales, C-level executives, and marketing associates who need to have a basic knowledge of the AWS cloud. To prepare for this certification, there is a digital course offered by AWS for free. The average annual salary of a professional holding an AWS Cloud Practitioner certification is $113,932.2. AWS Certified Solutions ArchitectThis certification is offered at two levels; the Associate level and the Professional level. To advance to the professional level, you must first earn an associate-level certification.Solutions Architect AssociateAWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate one of the most popular AWS certifications, it is mostly preferred by professionals who are just entering the arena of cloud architecting and want to use the AWS platform for designing distributed applications. This certification will help you demonstrate your skill in designing and developing efficient and effective solutions on the platform of Amazon Web Services. Before taking the exam, you must know how to:  Use the AWS platform to deploy on-premise apps  Design and deploy highly available and scalable systems on AWS  Select the AWS service according to your requirementsIn the United States and Canada, the average annual income of an IT professional with AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level is $130,883.Solutions Architect ProfessionalThis AWS certification will display your advanced expert skills in designing the applications and distributed systems on the AWS platform. You need to have the Associate level certification to take up the exam. Before you take the exam, you must have the following skills:2+years of working experience in designing and deploying cloud architecture on the AWS platform.Using the AWS for migrating complex, multi-tier applications.An IT associate with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional can earn an average income of $148,456 per year.3. AWS Certified DeveloperAWS Developer Certification will allow you to demonstrate your skills in developing and maintaining AWS applications. To achieve this certification, you must know how to:  Select the right AWS service according to the application  Write optimized code in a high-level programming language  Interact with other services from the application using software development kits (SDKs)  Maintain application security at the code levelThe average salary of an IT professional with the AWS Certified Developer certificate is about $130,272 in North America.4. AWS Certified SysOps AdministratorSysOps Administrator certification from the Amazon Web Services will demonstrate how well you can deploy, scale, migrate, and manage systems on the AWS platform. To ace this certification, you must have the following skills:  Managing the cloud applications deployed on the AWS platform  Controlling and implementing the data flow to and from AWS  Identifying the cost control mechanism of the operations  Migrating the on-premises apps to the AWS platformIn North America, the average salary of an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator is about $130,610.5. AWS Certified DevOps EngineerThis certification validates your skills to provision, manage, secure, and operate distributed application systems and the AWS solutions. For obtaining this certification, you must have professional-level certification for SysOps Administrator as well as Developer. Candidates planning to take up this exam must have a thorough understanding of the following:  How to provision and manage AWS environments  Implement and manage continuous delivery methodologies and systems on the AWS platform  Governance processes and security controls  Automating the operational process by maintaining the tools required to do soIn the United States and Canada, the average annual earnings of an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer is about $137,724.6. AWS Certified Big Data – SpecialtyAs an individual with the AWS Big Data certification, you will be able to display your skills of designing and managing AWS solutions of organizations that use business data for extracting actionable intelligence and valuable insights. All candidates must have at least one AWS associate-level certification. Also, 5+years of working experience in data analytics is recommended. With this certification, an IT professional can bag an annual pay of more than $130,000.7. AWS Certified Advanced Networking – SpecialtyThis AWS certification validates your skills in designing and deploying AWS to scale as part of an IT network hybrid architecture. To get this certification, you must have one of the AWS Associate credentials. Apart from that, +5 years of working experience in managing and architecting network solutions for the enterprise is recommended.8. AWS Certified Security – SpecialtyThis certification validates your skills to use advanced methods to secure the AWS platform. This includes data protection by using encryption techniques. For this certification, you must have any one of the Associate certifications or an AWS Cloud Practitioner certification. Also, +5 years of working experience in securing the AWS platform is a must.9. AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – SpecialityWith this certification, you will be able to create, test, and deploy Amazon’s Alexa. To be eligible for this certification, you must be an expert in a high-level programming language and have at least 6 months of experience working with Alexa skills kit.10. AWS Certified Machine Learning – SpecialtyYou must take this certification for demonstrating your skills of designing, implementing, and maintaining the machine learning solutions of the organization. For this, you must have a data science and development background as well as 1-2 years of working experience with machine learning and deep learning. Since all the AWS services are continuously updated, you need to take the recertification exam every three years. The market for cloud services is rapidly evolving. AWS is releasing new services and products to stay in the competition. New certifications are launched along with new solutions to help validate the skills of an IT professional. The importance and need for validating the AWS skills with the certifications are only going to grow in the future. There are so many people working in the IT industry. You need something that will help you outshine the others. AWS provides all the resources that you will need to get the certification including hands-on practice labs and questionnaires. Apart from this, there are exam readiness workshops and authorized training courses that will help you learn the skills and focus on the exam.All the figures mentioned above are accurate as of August 2019 and are sourced from online job portals such as Indeed.com, Salary.com, Glassdoor.com, etc. 
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