It’s never been a better moment to consider focusing your career on Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology. The company’s most recent earnings report showed a 62% growth in Azure compared to the same time last year, which puts the cloud platform’s yearly revenue at around $16.4 billion.
Microsoft still has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with Amazon’s $35-billion cloud computing business, but the gap is closing — and quickly. So far, 95% of Fortune 500 companies are leveraging Azure in one way or another, and the share of business-critical applications running on the platform seems only bound to increase.
Whether you’d like to transition from AWS or another platform into Azure, or are just getting started with cloud, there are tons of resources available online for you to explore. For instance, Thomas Maurer, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, gave closure to 2019 with an excellent starter’s guide to learning Azure. Microsoft Learn offers a multitude of free courses, while official, role-based Azure certifications are a great way to validate your skills and give an edge to your resume.
However, what you might be wondering is what exactly a career working with Azure looks like. Or, perhaps you’re already an Azure pro and would like to try a different role.
Don’t fret. We’ve put together a very brief overview of the different Azure career paths one can take to help you decide your next steps.
Azure Administrators oversee the implementing, monitoring, and maintaining of Azure solutions for storage, networking, compute and security. Responsibilities and skills include:
For a deeper look at the core competencies of the role, you can check out this document.
Azure AI engineers design and implement artificial intelligence solutions by leveraging the platforms Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Mining tools. Areas of focus include:
This skills list offers a better idea of the day-to-day of an Azure AI engineer.
In charge of mapping out and executing the management, monitoring, security, and privacy of data. Azure Data Engineers are proficient in the platform’s different data services and tools, using them to:
Full list of capabilities here.
Not to be confused with a Data Engineer, this role requires deep knowledge of data science and machine learning. Fluency in Azure Machine Learning services and expertise in data modelling are a must. A good Azure Data Scientist knows well how to:
These are the skills you’ll need to master to obtain the official certification.
At the frontlines of Azure deployment and operations, developers partner with architects and administrators to design, create, test and maintain cloud applications and services. Among the core competences of Azure developers:
More details on tasks and skills for this role can be found here.
Advocates of agile methodologies for software development, DevOps professionals unify teams, processes and technologies to streamline the product pipeline. Expertise is required in:
Curious about the ins and outs of the position? Take a look at this list.
Designs, develops and maintains Internet of Things solutions and devices within Azure cloud environments. From coding to the set-up of physical devices, the IoT Developer is responsible for:
If you want to pass Microsoft’s exam for this role, you’ll have to be well-versed in these skills.
The title here says it all. Azure security professionals protect the integrity of data, applications and networks by implementing threat detection and security controls. Functions include:
Have a look at this document for an in-depth list of essential Azure security skills.
Finally, the Solutions Architect is, ironically, the first person to be involved in a cloud deployment process. Architects must have a deep understanding of the entire Azure ecosystem to design solutions that run on it. They must have expertise in:
Check out the complete list of required skills to receive an official solutions architect certification.
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