Information Technology Careers | Devops Engineer

Devops Engineer

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Software Development

Salary

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A typical Devops Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $115,257

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $121,016

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with software engineers and system operators to develop, build and install new technology systems and manage code releases. Participates in strategic project planning; tracks changes in projects and guides project team work as new systems are deployed. Identifies and fixes problems and provides system maintenance.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina1521+37.9%
Nationwide38424+30.7%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Devops Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • DevOps: Working experience of DevOps. DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization's ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes.
  • Python: Python is a widely used high-level programming language for general-purpose programming, created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991.
  • Linux: Linux (pronounced LIN-ks or, less frequently, LYN-ks) is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution.
  • Kubernetes: Working experience of Kubernetes. Kubernetes (commonly referred to as K8s) is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications that was originally designed by Google and now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It aims to provide a platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts.
  • Ansible: Working experience of Ansible, which is software that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deploymen. It is included as part of the Fedora distribution of Linux, owned by Red Hat Inc., and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Scientific Linux and Oracle Linux via Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) as well as for other operating systems.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Devops Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • NoSQL: A NoSQL (originally referring to non SQL, non relational or not only SQL) database provides a mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations used in relational databases.
  • Linux Scripting: Working experience of Linux Scripting, which refers to writing the shell script for a Linux operating system. A shell script is a text file that contains a sequence of commands. A shell in a Linux operating system takes input from the user in the form of commands, processes it, and then gives an output. It is the interface through which a user works on the programs, commands, and scripts. A shell is accessed by a terminal which runs it. When the user runs the terminal, the Shell issues a command prompt (usually $).
  • Gradle: Working experience of Gradle. Gradle is an open-source build automation system that builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) instead of the XML form used by Apache Maven for declaring the project configuration.
  • Nginx: Working experience of Nginx, which is a web server which can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTP cache.
  • MongoDB: MongoDB is a free and open-source cross-platform document-oriented database program.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years12%
3 to 5 years58%
6 to 8 years20%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Devops Engineer
  • Senior Devops Engineer
  • Azure Devops Engineer
  • Lead Devops Engineer
  • Aws Devops Engineer

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