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High Demand for DevOps Professionals

The field of development operations (commonly shorthanded as “DevOps”) is one of the most interesting, complex, and rewarding fields in all of tech. Just like the name implies, DevOps jobs seek to fuse the roles and responsibilities of previously-siloed teams charged with software development and with maintaining infrastructure that supports the organization’s most critical projects and initiatives. A DevOps engineer might work in any number of industries, on any number of unique and challenging projects, making this career path a great choice if you enjoy variety and novelty.

In order to find qualified individuals who are able to handle such urgent tasks at a very high level, most DevOps openings stress the need for advanced technological problem solving and reasoning skills. However, if you possess the knowledge and experience required to be successful in DevOps engineer positions, the sky's the limit in terms of growing your career and shaping the future of our increasingly technological world.

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What Does a DevOps Engineer Do?

DevOps engineer jobs are highly technological positions tasked with maintaining the critical infrastructure that supports organizations worldwide in achieving their goals.

Junior DevOps Responsibilities

You can find DevOps roles at almost every type of organization you can think of, so you’re sure to find a company that’s a good fit. When starting out a DevOps trainee job, for example, junior level engineers may work collaboratively within a larger DevOps team to ensure there are no “hiccups” in the organization’s software development life cycle.

Senior DevOps Responsibilities

A senior DevOps engineer, or a lead DevOps engineer, will have a lot more on their plate in terms of complex tasks. While these engineers will also work in team settings, their increased expertise and technological skill set could see them tasked with larger solo projects, including advisory functions with input into the overall development strategy.

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Technical Skills for a Career in DevOps

With so many different possibilities when building a career in DevOps, what skills are essential for a well-rounded development operations engineer?

  • Automation

    DevOps experts are well-versed in automation — the heart of the entire DevOps process. The skills required to support extensive automation are intrinsically linked with standard DevOps tools and scripting ability; it is a critical component of your future success in the profession.

  • Coding

    Even junior DevOps need to be coding and scripting experts! The most commonly recommended languages to pick up are Python, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, and PHP.

  • Cloud Architecture

    DevOps and the cloud share a special synergy, where the efficiency of one influences, and in turn is influenced by, the other. DevOps methodologies power processes, while cloud gives those processes a home: somewhere to test, deploy, and release code. Cloud DevOps jobs remain very popular among experienced professionals due to this tight connection.

  • Cybersecurity

    Do DevOps’ faster deployments necessitate increased risks? Not so, if DevSecOps specialists have anything to say about it! This field eschews traditional security, which typically comes at the end of a project or as a separate process altogether, in favor of integrating security right from the beginning to banish risk.

  • QA Testing

    A well-run DevOps automation pipeline can’t exist without continuous testing practices that run efficiently and stably. Testing is crucial to software development as a whole, and it is vital to success in a DevOps role.

What are the future prospects for DevOps Engineers?

DevOps is designed to make optimal use of cloud computing technology, and so during the last two decades the rise of cloud has buoyed DevOps along with it. Within the past five years, though, DevOps has come into its own as an industry standard for developing software conceptualized and designed specifically to run in the cloud.

DevOps has become one of the most influential trends in modern software development, making DevOps engineer roles some of the most in-demand positions in IT today. With most future forecasts calling for faster dev cycles and placing even more focus on the cloud, this trend is highly likely to continue throughout this decade.

The DevOps Job Market

Skilled DevOps engineers are generally in very high demand due to the complexity, necessity, and rarity of their full skill set. As a result, many large tech companies are always looking for proficient DevOps pros, with compensation topping out at some of the highest salaries in IT regardless of seniority. Senior DevOps specialists with exceptional qualifications will find they have their pick of many industries and companies to partner with in furthering their career, while entry level DevOps engineers will find the sky’s the limit to their potential success.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you define DevOps?

    DevOps (short for “development operations,” making the full job title, “Development Operations Engineer,” and so forth) refers to the combination of software development and operations, the tools used to do so, and the work methodology used to properly balance both. DevOps specialists straddle the worlds of software engineering and IT operations, using their considerable technological aptitude to help automate and integrate key processes for the organization.

  • What are some of the most common roles in DevOps?

    Modern DevOps teams are an exciting cohort of dedicated professionals with best-in-class technological skills, striving to bridge the gap between traditionally siloed departments. Lots of DevOps engineer work is done collaboratively as a result, so exceptional teamwork skills are also highly valued. Some of the most common roles you’ll meet on DevOps teams are as follows:

    • Automation architects
    • DevOps Engineers
    • QA specialists
    • Product owners
    • Compliance engineers
    • Security engineers
  • Are DevOps jobs in demand?

    Since so many of the functions development operations engineers perform are mission critical in digital-forward industries and organizations, demand for DevOps jobs tends to remain fairly steady. According to recent research from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of DevOps jobs is projected to grow by 25% by the year 2031, making DevOps a great career to begin or transition into.

  • What are the job responsibilities of a DevOps engineer?

    Lead DevOps engineers naturally have a lot on their plate, but even DevOps trainees need to multitask and keep track of many different job responsibilities. While each organization’s development pipeline has different operational concerns, necessitating unique approaches rather than one-size-fits-all tactics, common DevOps job duties will include:

    • Scaling cloud programs and monitoring them for efficiency, uptime, and errors
    • Creating internal documentation for new or newly updated workflows and processes
    • Relaying information to team members, collaborating, and collectively working towards identified solutions
    • Working closely with IT and security personnel so that future releases are stable and bug-free
  • What are the qualifications needed to become a DevOps engineer?

    DevOps is a blend of many different highly technological disciplines, which sets DevOps specialists apart from even fellow developers or software engineers. In most respects DevOps candidates are in a class all their own, with mastery over many different skills. Common job qualifications will reflect this multidisciplinary quality; the following generalized list is just one example:

    • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a STEM field, like computer science or computer engineering.
    • Professional certifications relevant to the needs of the organization and team, e.g., Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer Expert or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer certificates.
    • Technological skills, particularly with regard to coding and scripting — most DevOps specialists are proficient in several programming languages.
    • Soft skills that support collaboration, like communication, problem solving, organization, and leadership skills.
  • What industries hire DevOps Data Engineers?

    DevOps data engineers are typically found in very large companies. They are tasked with constructing and servicing the infrastructure that software developers need to support quality releases. As you can imagine, these talented individuals find themselves in demand across many different industries, including:

    • Banking and finance
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • Retail & eCommerce
    • Software development (of course!)

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