Microsoft Azure aims to fill in the skill gap between the industry requirement and the resources available and to do that they have taken following measures:
Introduce Roles Based Certifications
Provide Aligned Experience
Make Certifications simple and discoverable
Have more industry recognition to the certifications offered
In the process they have classified Azure Certifications into three major categories, which are:
These certifications have levels where one has to first get an associate-level certification and then use it as a stepping stone for advanced level certification.
You could choose an Azure certification that aligns with the role that wish to build your career on or with the one that you are passionate about.