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Hey I’m currently at an Fortune 500 IT company as a consultant working functionally. I’m not a developer and not a data scientist. I’m looking to move towards solutions architect roles, is AWS or Azure certifications gonna hold much weight if my experience isn’t really super technical only have 2 years out of undergrad where I got a degree in civil engineering. Also looking to speak to any AWS Or Azure solution architects that can chat through what the role looks like thanks!

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People who hold those types of certifications and perform the jobs they are designed for are almost always developers. So I’d start with getting some dev experience. If you’re starting from 0, I’d start with Python or SQL. Source: I have a few of both AWS and Azure certs

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There are also Data scientists, product managers, and security people. But I do agree that most people are bringing something else to the table.

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You’d be better off doing the introduction courses (Azure AZ-900 cert for example) to start off with, and then move into admin / architecture certs. If you don’t have a tech background, it’ll provide a fundamental understanding of core cloud concepts. What would hold more weight along with certs is your understanding of how clients will benefit from these cloud offerings in terms of transformation, migration and the ROI that can be had by implementing cloud solutions.

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It’s an uphill task, generally people with a development and programming background turn out to be good architects. Practical implementation from the basics will make you a good solution architect. Start as a developer, in no time you will start thinking as architect.

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Thanks for that!!

Try Salesforce or Workday. Can be pretty lucrative.

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Trying to really build out a path towards solution architect and wondering best ways to start.

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