Everything Engineering: What Does a DevOps Engineer Do, Exactly?
Do you want to advance your career in software development? Consider becoming a DevOps engineer.
Demand for these versatile engineers has skyrocketed. In fact, the Bureau of Labor projects significant market growth—22%—for specialized software developers.
DevOps is an engaging, profitable direction for IT professionals. Is it right for you? Read on to find out.
What Is DevOps?
DevOps is a unique method of software development that incorporates Information Technology (IT) operations. Some call this method the DevOps engine. DevOps encompasses Agile-compatible practices and strategies.
That said, DevOps is not Agile. Like Agile, DevOps shortens the lifecycle of systems development. Yet, DevOps takes Agile methodology as inspiration.
DevOps rests on foundational principles: automated workflow, shared ownership, and rapid feedback. From here, developers can take DevOps in varied directions.
Diverse cultural modes, practices, and tools can all be DevOps. So, there’s no agreed-upon standard definition of this method.
Most critically, DevOps uses toolchains to aid software delivery and workflow management.
What Is a DevOps Engineer?
In software development, a DevOps engineer is a jack-of-all-trades. This person has a broad knowledge base in both development and operations. A DevOps engineer understands:
- System administration
- Infrastructure design
- Operations management
- Systems architecture
- DevOps toolchains
Most DevOps engineers also have basic developer toolsets. They’re familiar with Agile methodology. They can review code and parse others’ reviews of their code.
Ultimately, a DevOps engineer is a unifying force in software development. They balance different developers’ skills with processes that work towards a useful goal.
Coding, maintenance, and management all fall in DevOps’ purview.
DevOps Engineer Jobs and Tasks
DevOps engineers bridge the gaps among different teams developing one software project. Critical DevOps jobs include:
- Projecting business value
- Setting software requirements
- Cohering UI/UX design
- Configure software design
- Data management
- Software library updates
- Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
- Verification processes
- Security processes
- Checking code for vulnerabilities
- Packaging processes
- Release coordination
- Orchestrating software deployment
- Monitoring impact on end-users
- Versioning (toolkit-based)
A DevOps engineer may do some or all of these jobs on a given project. Many of these tasks fall within a few umbrellas.
Sometimes, the role is to convey the needs of stakeholders (investors or end-users) to developers.
Other times, the role is about creating or integrating infrastructure to standardize the development process. And, finally, the role’s tasks are about automating development.
What Should a DevOps Engineer Resume Include?
To get a DevOps engineer role, an applicant needs an impressive resume. Diverse organizations hire for this role.
To get hired, your resume needs to convey six skills and traits.
First, you’ll need to show you understand source code management. Specifically, you’ll need to master some version control systems.
Then, you’ll need to show you’ve developed CI/CD processes (workflows or pipelines). Use bullet points to note both your development process and the impact of the pipeline.
After that, demonstrate experience with automation and integration tools.
A solid resume also conveys a depth of cloud service provision knowledge. It may note your approach or preference.
Likewise, the resume shows how much the applicant understands programmable infrastructure. It will also note achievements with infrastructure code tools.
Finally, the resume shows the applicant’s familiarity with container orchestration and containerization platforms.
A portfolio can emphasize the applicant’s skill with these tools. This showcases results.
What’s a Typical DevOps Engineer Salary?
In the United States, the average DevOps engineer makes $125,000 per year. The DevOps engineer salary ranges from $96,000 to $148,000. This is a senior position.
The average Canadian DevOps engineer makes $85,000 CAD. In the UK, this role averages £60,000.
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