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5 Reasons to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer

May 2022 by MARIA FORSBERG

Are you a developer looking for ways to make yourself more valuable to employers? Perhaps you’re interested in learning how to develop in an Azure environment in order to get a specific job you’ve had your eye on for a while?

 

No matter your motivation, becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer is a good move. With this certification under your belt, you’ll command a higher salary and have an easier time landing the positions you want.

 

What does an Azure Developer do?

As an Azure Developer, you’ll design and build cloud applications and services that support your organization’s needs. You’ll be involved in each project from start to finish. Expect to participate in creating, designing, developing, deploying, testing, and maintaining solutions.

If you’re still considering this certification, here are some of the best reasons to start earning this respected credential.

 

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1. You’d like to earn more money

Who doesn’t want to earn more money? In the development world, earning more money is strictly tied to your ability to provide more value. The more skills and expertise you have, the more money you’ll earn.

Azure is a very specific development environment and you need specialized knowledge in order to work as an Azure Developer. You’ll have a head start being a developer already, but having a specialized certification means you can apply specifically for Azure development positions.

Companies can’t just hire anyone to work on their Azure applications and services. They’re going to look for certified individuals. You’ll start with an entry-level salary; however, the more experience you gain with Azure development, the higher salary you’ll earn.

 

2. You love developing in Azure environments

If you’ve been tinkering around with Azure development and like the environment, it makes sense to get certified and make yourself official. Having an official Microsoft certification will give you the means to apply for Azure Developer positions in any industry.

It’s always smart to pursue the jobs that you love, and if you love developing in Azure, getting certified is the best way to turn your passion into a career.

 

3. You’d like to expand your development skills

No matter how long you’ve been a developer, you can always learn new skills. In addition to learning new programming languages, there are so many different development environments you can work with. Azure just happens to be the most popular because of its flexibility and scalability.

 

4. You want a specific job or position

Do you have your eye on an Azure-specific development position, maybe inside your current organization or with another company? If so, you’ll need to get your Azure Developer certification to qualify and compete with other candidates.

You’re unlikely to land your target job by explaining that you’ve learned Azure on your own. Companies don’t generally take chances with self-taught developers who hold no certifications. Get your certification so you can prove that you are a worthwhile, deserving candidate for your ideal job.

 

5. Your boss would like your support moving to Azure

If you’ve been working as a developer for a while and your boss wants to move to Azure, they might ask for your help. While they can certainly hire a new Azure Developer for the task, sometimes business owners want to try keeping things within their existing team.

If this situation applies to you, and your boss wants you to get the Azure Developer certification, here’s what you need to know. First, if your boss is asking you to get certified, don’t hesitate to ask them to cover the cost of your training course, exam, certification fees, and even your time and transportation. Don’t bear the financial burden.

If your boss is requiring you to get certified in order to keep your position, they will most likely need to cover all costs under your state’s labor laws. However, laws vary, so check with an attorney before telling your boss they need to cover the cost.

When your boss is willing to cover your certification costs, that’s a deal you can’t pass up; you’ll carry this certification with you to other jobs, and it will only enhance your career.

 

What you’ll be tested on during the Azure Developer exam

To sit for the exam, it’s recommended that you have at least 1-2 years of professional development experience in Microsoft Azure. To pass the Azure Developer exam, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Proficiency in Azure SDKs
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Azure CLI
  • Data storage in Azure
  • Data connections
  • APIs
  • App authentication and authorization
  • Container deployment
  • Debugging
  • Performance tuning
  • Monitoring

These are just some of the things you’ll be tested on during your Azure Developer exam.

 

You’ll need to take a training course to pass the exam

Before you sign up for the exam, make sure you enroll in a professional training course. The Microsoft Azure Developer certification exam is not easy to pass without experience and intense study. You will need to fine-tune your knowledge according to what’s on the exam, and only a training course can prepare you for that.

For example, a training course will teach you how to create end-to-end solutions in Azure environments. You’ll learn how to implement Azure compute solutions and Functions, implement and manage web apps, develop solutions using Azure storage, and more.

 

Ready to become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer?

If you’re ready to pursue your certification, our training course will help prepare you for the exam. We offer Azure Developer training courses both online and in-person at various times throughout the year so you can get certified on your schedule.

Our instructor-led training course will give you all the knowledge needed to pass the Microsoft Azure Developer exam so you can start a new phase in your career. Sign up for our training course today and start working toward creating your ideal future.

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