Your Next Move: DevOps Engineer

If you are good at working with others and have the ability to maintain software development life cycles or even code, then DevOps engineer could be your next move.

YNM DevOpsThis article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

Have you ever wondered what DevOps is all about and how important it really is? The term itself is a combination of development and operations, indicating that it’s all about collaboration and automation. These are important skills when it comes to contributing to organizations and it specifically influences the larger picture behind tech. The tech industry is booming and will continue to hire those who can make a successful impact – and DevOps engineers are some of the most sought out roles. If you are good at working with others and have the ability to maintain software development life cycles or even code, then DevOps engineer could be your next move.

What Is a DevOps Engineer?

A DevOps engineer takes on many tasks throughout their typical workday. Here are some ways they support an organization:

  • Collaborate with internal teams or vendors to execute projects
  • Automate manual tasks and create/improve small tools that help make team operations more efficient
  • Ensure infrastructure networking and computing systems remain available during production hours
  • Mentor and train other technical support staff on technical and procedural matters
  • Work with customers to provide configuration changes or deploy product enhancements
  • Perform routine tasks to maintain computer equipment and its peripherals

The role of a DevOps engineer varies depending on the organization. They will typically be more needed and involved in a tech company than any other organization due to their ability to balance the needs throughout software development, maintenance updates, coding, deployment and any other technological life cycle. Being a DevOps engineer allows you to fully support and improve an organization while teaching others.

How To Become a DevOps Engineer

On average, DevOps engineers will earn a bachelor’s or graduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, information systems or systems engineering, or have equivalent experience. Having common knowledge of SQL as well as other applicable software and systems already makes you a better candidate for the position. Other qualifications include:

  • Being an excellent communicator and contributor to the organization
  • Experience with scripting and debugging
  • Natural problem solver
  • Worked with performance analysis and running an operating system
  • Knowledge of Linux to support tech systems

These qualifications may be a bit broad, but with the help of CompTIA Linux+ and other CompTIA certifications we offer, you will have a competitive edge over other candidates. Just about everything runs on Linux and in order to best support an organization in a DevOps role, having Linux skills is a big plus.

Certifications like CompTIA Linux+  and CompTIA Security+ validate the skills of IT pros with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, assessing and supporting servers running on an operating system. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you become a DevOps engineer.

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The Details

DevOps Engineer Salary Range

According to Lightcast, the median advertised salary for a DevOps engineer is $110,000 as of July 2022. This is more than double the national median wage. As always, there are many factors that influence salary such as location, job level, years of experience, company size and more.

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$84K

$98K

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$123K

$137K

DevOps Engineer Jobs

According to Lightcast, there were more than 61,000 job postings for DevOps engineers during the last 12 months as of July 2021. A small sampling of the types of top employers posting DevOps Engineers roles include Capitol One, The Buckle, Humana, Deloitte and Direct TV.

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